Ariana Grande says it’s ‘hell’ touring with emotional trauma

Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande is currently on her fourth concert tour, the Sweetener World Tour. It’s in support of her fourth and fifth studio albums, Sweetener and Thank U, Next.

While Grande’s music has been breaking records and landing her at the top of charts, her personal life has been much more full of emotional turmoil.

The terrorist bombing at her Manchester concert during her Dangerous Woman world tour happened two years ago next month. Since then, her ex-boyfriend Mac Miller died of an accidental overdose and she became engaged to Saturday Night Live’s Pete Davidson before calling it off.

In a since-deleted tweet made on Thursday (18 April), Grande revealed how this is affecting her current tour.

A fan tweeted at her, writing: ‘Music is your therapy and I love seeing it heal you.’

Grande acknowledged the healing nature of music in her reply, and then got real.

Ariana Grande's tweet about touring

Grande’s tweet about touring | Photo: Twitter @arianagrande

‘Making it is healing,’ she wrote. ‘Performing it is like reliving it all over again and it is hell.’

In another tweet, she wrote that she is ‘sharing’ because she is ‘trying and my soul is confused and tired and i love u’.

When replying to another fan’s tweet, the 7 Rings singer wrote that she feels ’empty’.

Ariana Grande tweets about her mental health

Grande tweets more about her mental health | Photo: Twitter @arianagrande

Talking openly about mental health

This is not the first time Grande has opened up to her fans about her mental health.

Last week, she shared brain scans showing evidence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Many of her fans responded with love and compassion, sending their strength to one of their favorite singers.

Following these latest tweets about touring, they’re doing the same.

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Why we need to talk more about mental health issues in the LGBTI community

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Why we need to talk more about mental health issues in the LGBTI community

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People in the LGBTI community may be more susceptible to mental health issues due to a range of factors such as discrimination which can include verbal bullying, physical abuse and inequalities – as well as isolation, homophobia and hate crime.

Research nationwide has found that people from the LGBTI community are more at risk of suicidal behaviour and self-harm and that they are more likely to develop depression and anxiety compared to the rest of the population.

For some people ‘coming out’ can be a liberating experience but if you come out and experience rejection, it can affect your sense of worth. This may lead to people feeling that they have to hide their real self which may cause a decline in their mental wellbeing and increase stress.

Fortunately, there is a growing acceptance of the LGBTI community in the UK in recent years which is helping to combat such issues.

Why is it important to speak out about mental health issues?

Stigma, shame and embarrassment, or any feelings you may be experiencing that your GP or counsellor may not understand, are just a few factors that may prevent someone seeking help.

It is important to speak out about any mental health concerns as containing your emotions for too long can have serious implications both mentally and physically. These emotions can build up and if you do not find a release, can bubble up and weigh on you mentally. If you have experienced any of the following symptoms, you could benefit from seeking help:

  • Feel constantly tired or have a lack of energy
  • Feel fearful
  • Shut yourself away from people
  • No longer want to do things you may have enjoyed
  • Use alcohol or drugs to cope with feelings
  • Have harmed yourself or have thoughts about self-harming

It is important to remember that you are not alone, if you are not ready to speak with friends of family you could seek help from LGBTI support groups.

Here you will be given the opportunity to share your feelings and experiences with others and given advice of where to seek further help, if needed.

Don’t suffer in silence, you should get help as soon as you feel the need. Regardless of how big or small your issues may seem, there will always be someone to help.

What can be the result if a mental health issue is left unresolved?

Mental illness is different from some physical illnesses in that they are not often physically identifiable.

However, like many physical illnesses, they do not simply ‘go away’ over time and often the longer they persist they harder they will be to treat.

People with depression, for example, might only experience a handful of symptoms on a few days to start off with, but if left untreated these may expand and become more frequent.

This can start to affect your daily life, your work, your relationships and your family life, the result of these problems leads on to knock-on effects.

If you or someone you know needs mental health support, please click on this link for a list of global resources.

Chloe Ward is a mental health expert at Smart TMS.

Author: Chloe Ward

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Arizona Governor Signs Repeal of 28-Year-Old ‘No Promo Homo’ Law Banning Teachers from Promoting a ‘Homosexual Lifestyle’

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey

Arizona’s Governor Doug Ducey today signed the repeal of a ’90s-era law which forbid teachers from “homosexuality as a positive alternative life-style” or even suggest that “some methods of sex are safe methods of homosexual sex” in health classes.

KJZZ reported: ‘Arizona’s [law] was created in the throes of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and after a 1986 recommendation from the U.S. surgeon general that HIV/AIDS education start at an early age. Lawmakers in Arizona initially resisted that recommendation, but that changed in 1991. “Rather than opposing it, they began to say, ‘Well, if we’re going to teach teenagers about HIV, then we have to make sure that we’re not teaching them how to be gay or how to have gay sex or things like that,’” [University of Utah law professor Clifford] Rosky says.’

The repeal of the law ends a lawsuit brought by Lambda Legal and the National Center for Lesbian Rights on behalf of Equality Arizona and LGBTQ students.

Said Lambda Legal Staff Attorney Puneet Cheema: “The writing was already on the wall, considering that the Arizona attorney general had already signaled they were not going to defend the law in court. We are thrilled that state officials have moved so quickly to get this harmful law off the books and allow LGBTQ students – in fact all students – to get access to the medically-accurate information that literally could save their lives.”

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