Tasha Cobbs is an award-winning and chart-topping gospel singer, and the 34-year old has been open in sharing her personal experience with battling depression through the years. After years of hiding and masking her depression, she sought out professional help in 2010 prior to the release of her debut album, “Smile.”
“I’ve been very active in ministry all of my life. Just always been a hard worker. So I think throughout those years sometimes you can develop habits and ways of life that are not so healthy for you; but you’re not aware of it because you’re so busy focused on careers and other things,” Cobbs said during an interview with The Huffington Post. “So I believe that, for years, that was something that was building up and maybe I didn’t focus on it until that one day, in 2010, when I was at home lying in the bed, and I realized that I’ve been there for three days in a dark room with the curtains closed and the covers over my head, and I’m thinking, ‘Ok, Tasha, this is abnormal.’ I think that was the moment when it reached the climax, where it was like ‘you have to deal with this before it becomes a major issue for you moving forward.’”
After her epiphany, Cobbs had been diagnosed with depression after her first therapy consultation, where she described her various symptoms. Despite the stigmas attached to mental illness in the black community, and it’s even seen as taboo to discuss, Cobbs wholeheartedly believes that it should be considered a health priority similar to other medical conditions.
“I think when you say ‘mental health,’ automatically people think ‘I’m not crazy,’ because we haven’t put a definition to exactly what we’re saying,” she said. “I believe when you say ‘it’s a mental health issue,’ it’s like having diabetes or something’s wrong with my toes or whatever the case is — it’s a medical condition and it can be dealt with. Just like you can manage a broken finger, you can manage mental health issues. I am a living witness that you can be freed and you can be cured and healed from it, but you have to first acknowledge that it exists.”
Progressing forward, the Grammy Award winner wants to bring attention to the treatment of depression within the black community, by hosting therapy sessions at church conferences for those who may have never considered therapy in the past. Major props to this award-winning example of excellence in the black community for using her voice to speak on a very real, and very present issue.