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Kehlani Delivers Powerful Suicide Prevention Speech

Erin Ashley Simon

 // May 16, 2016

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On a recent tour stop, Kehlani paused her performance to deliver an inspirational speech about suicide prevention and mental health. Earlier this year, the Oakland singer was hospitalized after attempting to take her own life. It was further revealed in the fan recorded video that her previous attempt was not the first time that Kehlani has tried to end her life.

"Please, don't do it, don't try it. I'm very honest with the people who support me. It wasn't a first time thing. And that's not okay, for anyone, not the people around you, the people who love you..." She then disclosed her plans on working with and advocating the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

"[Suicide] is something that so many young people are dealing with. And so many young people slip under the rug to depression and severe anxiety and many disorders that people know nothing about," Kehlani said. "So, if you have a friend and they're scaring you a little, just love them okay. hug them up, and love them up, and tell'em that it's good, okay."

If you know a loved one or anyone close to you who is experiencing depression or suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

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