Killswitch Engage's Jesse Leach Takes Social Media Break to Seek Mental Health Help

The frontman is stepping back to take time for himself

January 14, 2019
Singer Jesse Leach of Killswitch Engage performs during the Las Rageous music festival at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center

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Killswitch Engage is gearing up for a huge 2019, embarking on a world tour with Parkway Drive while preparing to drop one of the most highly-anticipated rock albums of the year. 

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To make sure he’s at his best and ready to crush all their upcoming plans, frontman Jesse Leach is stepping back to take time for himself. In a now-deleted Instagram post on his main account, the compassionate singer revealed that he’s been struggling with mental health after a recent divorce.

Stating that he had reached his breaking point in a new post on his personal account, Jesse then shared that he’s ready to start his journey to recovery. Part of that journey involves taking a break from social media so he can focus on getting the help he needs. He also assures he has no plans to cancel any shows and describes music as his most helpful form of therapy (along with seeing an actual therapist!).  

“I am ok and I will cautiously take one day at a time as this will be a process,” he writes in a sincere caption updating fans on his conditions. Comments are filled with an outpouring of love, support, and gratitude for his honesty.

Read the full post below:

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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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