October is depression and mental health awareness month, and celebrities have been opening up about their experiences dealing with mental health issues and seeking professional help now more than ever. The aftermath of the pandemic has caused many, including myself, to re-evaluate the importance of our everyday activities. There’s no easy way to deal with times of uncertainty, and for those in the spotlight, they’re actively changing the stigma, showing us that there’s nothing to be ashamed of when it comes to getting back to our happiness.
Collectively voices and struggles have been raised higher by Black celebrities’ efforts to shed light on invisible wounds from depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and postpartum depression, and more.
Let’s take a look:
Megan Thee Stallion on keeping her good energy
Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people, Megan Thee Stallion, joined Peace of Mind with Taraji to discuss her mental health and the journey since losing her parents. “I just started learning that it’s okay to ask for help, and it’s okay to want to go to therapy.” She calls out the biases and stigma around therapy in the Black community and the importance of staying busy mentally and physically.
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Rihanna takes the lead to support mental health during COVID-19
The Clara Lionel Foundation (named after Rihanna’s grandparents) has had quite a year supporting mental health services, distribution, and health equity efforts. Their primary focus has been on the Americans who continue to face daunting challenges when it comes to their health, mental and economic wellbeing.
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SZA invites you to cry, laugh, and talk
Queen SZA launched a hotline, Good Line, for fans who need to ‘cry n laugh n talk.’ The “Good Days” singer and songwriter has not been shy about her mental health journey. The hotline received over 60,000 calls and included meditation audio and other resources.
Common finds the keys to peace in wellness.
Everyone’s favorite rapper, Common, launched a wellness series, Com + Well. He interviews a wide range of experts to “look at a holistic approach to the state of being healthy.”
“I believe deeply that the more at peace you are with yourself, the more love and compassion you are able to put out into the world,” he told Deadline.
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