Mental health is still a taboo topic based around assumptions of what it’s like to be mentally ill. Silence is a big contributor, and the result of stigma around it, so when someone famous admits to being affected, people pay attention. On August 19, during Five Seconds Of Summer’s ‘Rock Out With Your Socks Out’ tour, Michael Clifford announced to the Michigan crowd: “I was fixing some problems with my mental health. I just saw a therapist real quick on the break we had” before carrying on with their set.
Clifford didn’t dwell too much on the topic, but his casual delivery shows that mental health doesn’t have to be a huge revelation seeing as how 1 in 4 people will experience similar issues at some point in their life. #WeLoveYouMichael quickly became a worldwide trend on Twitter along with support and encouragement from fans. 5 Seconds Of Summer’s upcoming album Sounds Good Feels Good (out on October 23) is a personal collection, according to the band, and will feature subjects like anxiety, depression, and heartbreak.