*In January, Will Downing suffered a life-shattering blow when his daughter, Aron Siobhan Downing, dedicated suicide on the age of 31.
The R&B powerhouse and his household knew that she’d been exhibiting dramatic temper swings and bouts of unpredictable conduct since her teenage years, however had at all times downplayed it as one thing momentary that an prolonged relaxation or trip would heal.
The household had no concept that Siobhan was coping with actual psychological well being points, together with bipolar dysfunction, melancholy, and touches of schizophrenia that had been recognized when her household ultimately acquired her skilled assist.
“That’s one thing that I discover, particularly with individuals of coloration, that we simply skirt away. Prefer it’ll repair itself. ‘She/he/they’ll be superb, don’t fear about it. Give it a while.’ However on this case, it wasn’t [fine],” Downing tells EURWEB.com founder Lee Bailey in our For the File podcast.
In hindsight, Downing mentioned he would’ve sought skilled assist for his daughter sooner, however added: “I believe a lot harm had been executed together with her attempting to take care of it in her approach, by sadly ingesting, and we as a household type of saying, ‘She’ll be superb,’ or not even listening in some circumstances.”
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On this episode of For the File, Downing implores dad and mom of youngsters affected by psychological sickness to hunt skilled assist as quickly as indicators grow to be obvious. The singer additionally talks about his new track, “Until We Meet Once more,” written in honor of Siobhan, and provides Lee a hilarious lesson on how you can pronounce his daughter’s identify.
And talking of embarrassing conditions, Lee additionally reveals how previous he was upon studying the reality about Santa Claus, a lot to Will’s amusement. And learn how the southern time period “ice taters” warmly underscores Will’s message to Black of us about not being afraid to hunt skilled assist.
“Until We Meet Once more,” obtainable for streaming and obtain on all main platforms right this moment (Might 1st), options paintings by Siobhan on the only cowl. Along with its launch, Downing is partnering with a number of suicide prevention organizations to boost consciousness and funds for psychological well being assist companies. A portion of the proceeds from the track’s gross sales might be donated to those organizations.
You’ll be able to watch the video and buy “Until We Meet Once more” right here, and take heed to the track under.
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