Rep. Dan Crenshaw Checks On Pete Davidson After Mental Health Scare

By Beth Leipholtz 12/21/18

After Pete Davidson made a concerning mental health post on Instagram, Rep. Dan Crenshaw called him to offer his support.

Rep Dan Crenshaw reached out to Pete Davidson after a mental health post on Instagram

Despite being mocked by Pete Davidson about a month ago, Texas Rep.-elect and veteran Dan Crenshaw recently reached out to the comedian after Davidson made a concerning post on Instagram. 

According to The Washington Post, Davidson’s post read, “i really don’t want to be on this earth anymore. i’m doing my best to stay here for you but i actually don’t know how much longer i can last. all i’ve ever tried to do was help people. just remember i told you so.”

After seeing the post, Crenshaw called Davidson to check in on him, the Post reports. 

“It was pretty devastating,” Crenshaw told NBC affiliate KPRC. “You don’t want to see somebody in that kind of position to the point where they’re actually putting out a cry for help on social media. That’s not a good place to be in.”

“We don’t go back very far. We’re not good friends. But I think he appreciated hearing from me,” Crenshaw added. “What I told him was this: Everybody has a purpose in this world. God put you here for a reason. It’s your job to find that purpose — and you should live that way.”

Davidson raised controversy after an SNL segment where he made fun of the fact that Crenshaw wears an eyepatch. Crenshaw wears the eyepatch because he lost his right eye due to a blast during a 2012 tour in Afghanistan. 

There was extensive backlash from Davidson’s comments, the Post states, and eventually he apologized on air for his behavior, as well as in person to Crenshaw.

“I made a joke about Lieutenant Commander Dan Crenshaw, and on behalf of the show and myself, I apologize,” Davidson said, according to the Post. “I mean this from the bottom of my heart. It was a poor choice of words. . . . The man is a war hero, and he deserves all the respect in the world.”

This is not Davidson’s first social media post drawing attention to his mental health. He has discussed it openly, including his diagnosis of borderline personality disorder. He recently posted about being the victim of online bullying. 

According to Crenshaw, he told Davidson, “Know that you have value and that you do more good than you realize for people.”

“Especially a guy like that,” Crenshaw told KPRC. “He makes people laugh. Sometimes he makes people mad — but he makes people laugh a lot. And that’s what we talked about. It was a good conversation.”

According to the Post, the NYPD also confirmed making a wellness check on Davidson after being alerted about the post. 

Some celebrities and fans also reached out to Davidson. Among them were rapper Nicki Minaj, actress Jada Pinkett Smith, TV personality Meghan McCain and rapper Machine Gun Kelly, according to the Post.

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Beth is a Minnesota girl who got sober at age 20. By day she is a website designer, and in her spare time she enjoys writing about recovery at, doing graphic design and spending time with her boyfriend and three dogs. Find Beth on LinkedInInstagram and Twitter.