The Mighty Logo

Pete Davidson Hints He Might Be Seeking Mental Health Treatment Over the Holidays

The most helpful emails in health
Browse our free newsletters

On Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update,” comedian Pete Davidson hinted he would be seeking help over the holidays, most likely for his mental health. When host Colin Jost asked him what his holiday plans were, Davidson replied he would be going on a “little vacation.”

“You know, the kind of vacation where insurance pays for some of it, and they take your phone and shoelaces. And you have roommates, but it still costs like a hundred grand,” Davidson said, to which Jost replied:

“I hope you know, Pete, that a lot of people really care about you.”

Though it’s unclear what kind of treatment Davidson might be seeking (or if his words were merely part of the bit), a lot of psychiatric facilities and rehabilitation centers confiscate things like phones, hoodie strings, shoelaces, shaving razors and other sharp objects.

This isn’t the first time Davidson shared his mental health struggles publicly. Over the past two years, Davidson has been open about living with borderline personality disorder (BPD), a mental illness characterized by mood instability and difficult interpersonal relationships, and struggling with suicidal thoughts.

After the segment aired, fans took to Twitter to voice their support for Davidson:

If you are seeking treatment for your mental health over the holidays, you’re not alone. Mighty contributor Trevor Smith wrote about his experience being hospitalized over the holidays in his piece, “What I Learned From Spending Christmas on a Psychiatric Unit“:

For the last six weeks of 2016 — including Christmas day — I was an inpatient in a secure psychiatric unit… Christmas is quite a triggering period of time for me, so my second admission kept me in a safe environment when I could have possibly dipped.

The holidays can be difficult if you’re struggling with your mental health — and we encourage you to seek out the help you need if this is a triggering time of year for you. Thank you Pete Davidson for candidly sharing your mental health struggles and de-stigmatizing mental illness in the process.

Screenshot via SNL YouTube channel

Originally published: December 23, 2019
Want more of The Mighty?
You can find even more stories on our Home page. There, you’ll also find thoughts and questions by our community.
Take Me Home