The New Yorker published a lengthy profile on blue collar rock legend Bruce Springsteen a couple of weeks ago, generating quite a bit of buzz about the singer’s battles with depression and suicidal thoughts.

In addition to his own depression and suicidal thoughts, the piece touches on Springsteen’s father’s issues, such as depression and self-isolation, and how Springsteen dealt with that.

Whenever a celebrity comes out with personal information about his emotional and mental health (or experience with mental health issues), the public takes note. We want to see the person doing well, and hope that by sharing his experiences, he can help others.

Psych Central’s founder and editor-in-chief Dr. John Grohol notes that the piece is definitely worth a read, even if you’re not a Springsteen fan.

(What? I didn’t know such a person existed! :)):

It’s an interesting interview, but you need a good 30 or 40 minutes to read the entire thing. Not being a particular Springsteen fan, I learned a lot about him. It turned him from being “Oh, he’s just one of those rock superstars” to “Oh, he’s a guy who really had to fight, scratch and battle his way up not only in his career, but in his life too.”

I have a lot more respect for him now — and am glad he was successful in battling his depression.

So, carve out a half an hour or so this weekend and head over to We Are Alive: Bruce Springsteen at Sixty-Two.