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Killswitch Engage’s Jesse Leach stepping back from social media to focus on mental health issues

Posted by on January 14, 2019

Exactly two years ago, Killswitch Engage frontman Jesse Leach decided to take a break from social media. Unfortunately, despite working on new music as well as an extensive amount of touring, Leach has decided to take a break from the social media platform once again. Despite already deleted posts, Leach at some point stated that after 16 years, he and his wife decided to separate. The singer expressed via Instagram, which has since been removed, the following:

“✌🏼 until we meet again. I just need time to get help before I can share anything else with you. thank you to all of you who actually care and understand. Mental illness is a sickness and pair it with a life tragedy and it’s a force that can level you and break you in ways you never ever imagined.

I’m getting the help I need starting tomorrow. I won’t be another statistic of suicide!!!!! I’m fighting for my future and I refuse to give up or give in!!! Send vibes, love, prayers, thoughts or whatever please. Let love guide us all. Peace and elbow grease. 💔🙏🏼❤️#ItsOkNotToBeOk #NoYouMayNotUnderstand #Mentalillness #IAmBrokenToo #thewaybackwithin #JesseLeach #MentalBreakdown #SeekingBalance #Selfcare #RealTalk #Grateful #Broken #CrisisMode #ThankYou”

Shortly after the deleted Instagram post, Leach created a new one to express that he’s taking some time to focus on his mental health. However, the singer refuses to cancel any scheduled shows.

Leach issued the below statement via Instagram:

“I have begun to get the help I need and I am grateful for the tribe of people that have begun to surround me. I will keep this brief as I need to maintain my distance from social media to continue to rebuild and focus on my mind and body. First of all thank you for the outpouring of love and support. I am unable to read all of the messages and comments and apparently articles and blogs (didn’t see that coming). ALSO rest assured I look forward to this next tour more than I have any other. This is for various reasons, but mostly because music is my biggest medicine and always has been. So no I will absolutely NOT cancel any shows! Lastly no need to ask my friends, my x-wife or band mates what happened what’s going on or how I am. You heard it from me today, I am ok and I will cautiously take one day at a time as this will be a process. Everyone has their breaking point I reached mine and asked for help! Then help swooped in like a Hawk to rescue me. .
Love to you all, love to my family, my friends old and new, my therapists, my x wife who is still my friend despite our separation and situation (so please don’t bug her about any of this, she has her own journey to begin to work on). Thank you, thank you, thank you. All! .
I will post again when I feel the need to do so. However I do not plan on going as deep as I did when this account began. I’m not ready for that just yet, and perhaps need to be selective with what I do share. If you or someone you know is having issues, problems and in need of help, please don’t hesitate to ask, to seek it and to speak up! There are many amazing humans that want nothing more than to help! 🙏🏼 #thewaybackwithin #OnTheMend#LifeChanges #ItsOkNotToBeOk#JesseLeach #Depression #Anxiety#Healing #SpeakUp #AskForHelp #Grateful#Blessed #JesseLeach”

 

 
 
 
 
 
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I have begun to get the help I need and I am grateful for the tribe of people that have begun to surround me. I will keep this brief as I need to maintain my distance from social media to continue to rebuild and focus on my mind and body. First of all thank you for the outpouring of love and support. I am unable to read all of the messages and comments and apparently articles and blogs (didn’t see that coming). ALSO rest assured I look forward to this next tour more than I have any other. This is for various reasons, but mostly because music is my biggest medicine and always has been. So no I will absolutely NOT cancel any shows! Lastly no need to ask my friends, my x-wife or band mates what happened what’s going on or how I am. You heard it from me today, I am ok and I will cautiously take one day at a time as this will be a process. Everyone has their breaking point I reached mine and asked for help! Then help swooped in like a Hawk to rescue me. . Love to you all, love to my family, my friends old and new, my therapists, my x wife who is still my friend despite our separation and situation (so please don’t bug her about any of this, she has her own journey to begin to work on). Thank you, thank you, thank you. All! . I will post again when I feel the need to do so. However I do not plan on going as deep as I did when this account began. I’m not ready for that just yet, and perhaps need to be selective with what I do share. If you or someone you know is having issues, problems and in need of help, please don’t hesitate to ask, to seek it and to speak up! There are many amazing humans that want nothing more than to help! 🙏🏼 #thewaybackwithin #OnTheMend #LifeChanges #ItsOkNotToBeOk #JesseLeach #Depression #Anxiety #Healing #SpeakUp #AskForHelp #Grateful #Blessed #JesseLeach

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Last May when Leach underwent surgery for his vocal cords, he credited his wife for being his “biggest fan, biggest critic, best friend, partner in crime and the love of my damn life.” So this for sure has to be a tough time for the KSE frontman who has been open about battling anxiety and depression even dating back to 2002 when he had left the band.

Best wishes to Leach on getting the help he needs during this difficult time.

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