As It Is’ Patty Walters opens up about struggles with anxiety onstage—UPDATED
UPDATE: AUGUST 1, 12:20 P.M. EST
Palaye Royale guitarist Sebastian Danzig further responded to the discussion of anxiety first sparked when he commented on As It Is frontman Patty Walters earlier this week.
ORIGINAL STORY: JULY 31, 9:50 P.M. EST
The vocalist talked about how he struggles with anxiety, how Warped Tour is one of the few places he's ever felt at home, and urged fans to keep the conversation around mental illness to keep going
"The thing about things like mental illness, depression and anxiety is that they don't discriminate," Walters said. "It happens to regular people, just like you and just like me. And just because I'm living my dream up here doesn't mean I'm not a human being."
"So let's keep the conversation going once Warped Tour is over and make this world a better place," the singer continued.
This isn't a new subject for the British pop-punk band. As It Is' upcoming studio album, The Great Depression, aims to shine a light on mental illness.
“This record started … as an exploration of the question 'Do we as a society have a fetish for mental illness?” describes Walters. “Do we romanticize or glorify a sickness? It was important for me to do some soul searching around that question. Are we part of a scene that actually does more damage than good in terms of the way we talk about these issues?”
The band have discussed the issue on the first two singles from the album, “The Wounded World” and “The Stigma (Boys Don’t Cry)”, but Walters also decided to discuss the matter onstage after Palaye Royale's guitarist Sebastian Danzig took to Twitter to "call out" the vocalist.
As It Is and Palaye Royale will be on the Owly.fm stage for the final dates of the Vans Warped Tour. Check out the list of remaining cities and dates below.
08/02 – Jacksonville, FL @ The Old Cypress Lot
08/03 – Orlando, FL @ Tinker Field
08/04 – Tampa, FL @ MidFlorida Ampitheater
08/05 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Coral Sky Ampitheatre
If you or someone you know is struggling with mental illness, there is help to be found. Please consider these online resources and talk to your regular doctor about your symptoms:
- MentalHealth.gov – Get Immediate Help
- ImAlive – Online Crisis Network
- International Association For Suicide Prevention – Resources
- The Anxiety And Depression Association Of America
- The National Alliance On Mental Illness
- American Psychiatric Association – Finding Help
- National Institute Of Mental Health
- American Psychological Association – Psychologist locator