Mental health in music and arts has always been a delicate issue, but it’s rarely been as widely or as openly talked about as in the past year. The tragic loss of so many artists recently to suicide has opened a world of eyes to the importance of mental health, which is why it’s so endearing to see this message from Jake of the group Autograf.
For fans who have been paying attention, they might have noticed that Mikul and Louis have been touring without Jake for the past five months on their headlining tour. Jake explains that the reason for this was a severe mental break at the end of 2017.
“I didn’t think I would tour again- I felt a shadow of my former self,” he wrote on Instagram. “But being home and surrounded by my friends and family for 5 months, and taking care of myself and seeking out help has done me a world of good.”
Mental health is something that should be taken care of as much as physical or emotional health, and we’re glad that Jake recognized the signs of a break and took some time off for himself to find his center again.
You can read his full statement below.
Hey everyone ❤️ We haven’t publicly said anything until now- but I was off tour for 5 months. At the end of 2017, after 3 incredible years of practically non-stop touring, I had a severe mental breakdown which forced me to miss our big headline tour. I didn't think I would tour again- I felt a shadow of my former self. But being home and surrounded by my friends and family for 5 months, and taking care of myself and seeking out help has done me a world of good. I feel so incredibly blessed to have Mikul and Louis as bandmates and have so many talented people working on our team. Everyone has been very understanding of my need to take a step back from it all for a minute and I couldn't be more grateful. Taking the time to go back to my roots making art and sculpture again has been very therapeutic. I feel balanced, stable, and healthy- and in the process got to spend lots of time in the studio writing music, sculpting, drawing, and creating. I can't wait to share all the new projects we've been working on and I'm so excited to come back on tour and get involved with all of you guys again! Love, Jake 📸 @willselviz