Ben Pearce Cancels All Upcoming Shows, Pens Heartfelt Post on Depression

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Britain's Ben Pearce found the courage to be honest with himself and fans on Monday morning, July 18, when he took to Facebook to explain why he canceled all upcoming tour dates, and may be taking a break from music production for some time.

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"I’ve battled with depression for the past few years and despite professional help I have reached a place where I know this is sadly the only choice I’m left with. It has nearly pushed me to saying goodbye altogether a few times and now more than ever I feel that is a huge risk,” Pearce wrote. “It’s affected every part of my life, I never used to have social or performance anxiety and now I suffer with it terribly.”

It's a humbling admission from a beloved figure and a reminder that mental health is as important as how we care for ourselves physically, if not more so. If you or someone you love is affected by depression, please check the resources listed by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. It's never shameful to open up. It's never wrong to be a loving friend. You could save a life.

Read Pearce's full Facebook post below: