The Amity Affliction’s Ryan Burt is heading home early from the band’s current tour, due to struggles with mental health issues. Casey McHale (ex-Funeral For A Friend) will be filling in for the remaining dates.
The band said the following:
“We are sad to announce that Ryan will not be performing on any further shows on the This Could Be Heartbreak UK / European headline tour.
Ryan has recently been battling some ongoing mental demons, and as a group of friends who have had to deal with mental health issues in one way or another, all four of us knew that the best course of action was for him to take the time to go home and get some professional support. It wasn’t an easy decision to make, but it is the right one. Our priority at this point is Ryan’s health, and that will always come first.
The shows themselves will all continue as planned, with Casey McHale filling in on drums. He’s an amazing musician and a great friend of both Ryan and the band, and we know we can rely on him to deliver the show you all deserve to see.
We ask that everyone respect Ryan’s privacy while he’s getting better.
If you need someone to talk to regarding mental health, please don’t hesitate to seek help from someone who is properly trained and qualified.”
“Thanks for all the love and support. It’s pretty overwhelming knowing that you have so many people behind you.
I’ve done my best over the years to fight anxiety/depression and put on a brave face, but sadly it’s all come to a grinding halt. I’ve never taken the time nor had the time to sort myself out and by doing that it’s all just compounded to this.
So in saying all this, I’ve obviously decided to take some time to work on me. And I thank my brothers in Amity, management, family, friends and all of you for the support in this.
Remember, it’s ok to speak out. Seek professional help if you’re struggling.