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Benga Opens Up About Issues with Mental Health

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Benga, has opened up about his reasons for quitting his production and DJ career last year, announcing that he was suffering from issues related to his mental health.

Speaking via Twitter, the pioneering dubsteppa revealed that excessive drug use and hectic touring had brought on bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, resulting in him being sectioned. “I don’t want sympathy but [do want] to raise awareness. Because if I had help early the damage could have been controlled!” he says.

“If you know someone that suffers from mental h#ealth issues you’ll understand how alone you feel until it’s recognised. Many people suffer,” continues Benga, going on to apologise to his friends and thank his partner for sticking with him.

Many fans and fellow producers such as Scuba and Waifs & Strays have spoken out in support of Benga, using #MentalHealthMatters.

Coming in the same week as new Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, announced the creation of a dedicated Minister for Mental Health in his shadow cabinet and pressed questions on the subject to Prime Minister David Cameron, this news further highlights how the issue of mental health is finally breaking taboo and becoming addressed openly in the UK.

 

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