Youtuber Etika, known for his somewhat “edgy” persona, is currently missing in downtown New York, and a police investigation has allegedly been launched into his whereabouts. He has reportedly not been in contact with friends or family since posting a video titled “I’m sorry” to his channel, in which he sought to apologize for what he feels are mistakes that he has made.
In the description of the video, and the video itself, he talks about how he has struggled with mental health issues but has been too “stone-headed to admit it.” He also mentions that at this point, he is too scared to deal with the problems, and he alludes to experiencing suicidal thoughts. He also thanked his fans and said that he enjoyed the good times.
The comments section is filled with supportive messages from people asking Etika not to do anything rash and to seek some help with his problems. Many people left comments describing how his content and antics helped to cheer them up when they were down or get through a bad patch in their lives.
At this point, I feel it is essential to say that anybody who is going through a time like this in their lives, things can and do get better. It is not always easy to see the best way out of situations that can feel suffocating, but there are ways to get through the hard times. I have been there myself, just a few short years ago, and I cannot tell you how different my life is now to how it was when I was suffering from mental health issues.
If you, or somebody you know, is suffering from a mental health crisis and doesn’t know what to do, a good start it is to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. You a reach them at 1-800-273 TALK (8255) or chat with them online. The helpline is designed to assist people who are experiencing a mental health crisis, and fear that they may be at risk of suicide. It is a free and confidential service, and they can also make referrals to mental health services in your area.
I can only hope that Etika is found safe and well and can get the help he needs, and my thoughts are with his family and friends in this difficult time.
If you or someone you know is exhibiting warning signs of suicide, seek help from a professional and call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 in the US or Samaritans in the UK at 116 123.