If you’re a casual listener of Kid Cudi (a.k.a. Scott Mescudi), you’d probably never guess he lives with crippling anxiety and depression. In a note he wrote to fans after entering rehab, Mescudi explains how mental illness has taken over his life, stopping him from making new friends, trusting others, and leaving the house. This story is all too common, but as was the case with Mescudi, the struggles often go unnoticed by others.

Mescudi’s words are so relatable, whether or not you’ve dealt with mental health issues. He admits he’s scared and doesn’t know what lies ahead, but as he says, “I deserve to have peace. I deserve to be happy and smiling.” That’s exactly the kind of message everyone dealing with anxiety and depression needs to hear.