Big Narstie On Mental Health: Sometimes I Want To Sit In My Boxer Shorts And Cry

Big Narstie has hit out at the shortfall in mental health care in Britain, explaining how it could be a mitigating factor leading a generation of youngsters being forced into a life of crime.

The English musician, who acts as an agony uncle for young people on YouTube (through his alter ego, Uncle Pain), said that he often wants to sit and cry as he urged people to open up about their issues.

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Writing in street newspaper the Big Issue, Narstie (real name Tyrone Lindo), speaks about the release of his new album, BDL Bipolar, which addresses his own mental health struggles.

"People like myself who are in the public eye can highlight these situations too, and we need to do it," he wrote.

"With great power comes great responsibility – I want to show people my successful side, but I want to show you my bipolar side too.

"Yeah, sometimes I just want to sit in my boxer shorts and cry. That's what being a human is. It's OK to have up days. It's OK to have down days."

"But especially remember it's OK to talk to people and let them know you're not OK," he adds, "don't think it's something you have to keep to yourself to fit in or to be normal.

"There's no such thing as normal."

Addressing the rise in violence and knife crime amongst young people, he said it was a "result of their background" and they had "no way of reaching out".

"You've got to look at it like this: in a simple experiment, if you take one child and leave him in a perfect and comfortable environment, and you leave another child in a destructive and aggressive environment, you'll see different symptoms," he said.

"Part of the problem is a lot of kids have kids and then can't cope. If a kid is born into a tough situation with no means of dealing with it, you end up with kids who are mentally ill and have no way of reaching out. How can you hope to get out?

"In London especially, most of the crimes aren't like old school east end mobster crimes, like grabbing fifty million quid from a train robbery.

"These people are robbing shops for maybe £200, maybe £5,000 at the top end. They're not about luxury, but survival and desperation.

"You're broke, crammed in a tight place and you've got no release. You're giving out all the CVs you can and you're still not getting anything.

"You're stressed out and want to vent, but you're trapped."

Big Narstie found himself at the centre of controversy earlier in the month after he was filmed pushing Britain's Got Talent finalist Robert White during an on-screen debacle.

Viewers were reportedly shocked by the incident, calling out Narstie for ‘absolutely disgusting behaviour’ and branding him ‘disrespectful and aggressive’.

But Narstie has since apologised, sent his "love" and made amends with White, who tweeted: "Big Narstie hi-fived, shook and then made up. No bad feelings from me."

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