I have never been the type of person to worship the ground celebrities walk on. Although, I must admit the whole Kylie Jenner pregnancy chaos kept me up some nights. On a real note though, it is disappointing to see people with such a massive platform not taking a stand on anything in a society that needs people to utilize their voice for good. There is no real message, commitment or loyalty to the community that supports them. However, I am happy to say that it seems like this is changing. In this post, I share some significant celebs who are speaking up for mental health and using their platform to stand up to stigma.
Jay-Z Stands up to Stigma
“As you grow you realize the ridiculousness of the stigma attached to it. It’s like, what? You just talk to someone about your problems.”-Jay-Z to CNN’s Van Jones about the stigma of mental health
When I read the recent article by Self Magazine entitled, Jay-Z Says the Mental Health Stigma in the Black Community Is ‘Ridiculous,’ I was captured by the artist’s impactful message. Jay is shedding light on the mental health problems that densely exist in the black community, explicitly pointing out stigma. In a community that has many hardships on a daily basis, mental health care is a topic that is in desperate need of attention. As a mental health advocate, it is so crucial for me to continually educate myself on how it affects different people, including individuals of a different race. I am a white woman, and stigma negatively impacts my life. I couldn’t imagine what it would be like for an African American who not only has to fight discrimination based on their race but on top of that the stigma that surrounds mental health. Jay-Z, who has one of the biggest platforms as a celebrity and artist in the world is using it to better his community. It looks like Jay has 99 Problems, with stigma being one. H.O.V.A.
Demi Lovato Taking Her Mental Health Initiative on Tour
“It make it my life goal to inspire other people,” she said. “I think that it’s important for me to use my voice for more than just singing. I just know how important it is to use my platform to help others and to share my story in hopes that it inspires people to either get into recovery or better themselves. Whatever it is, I just want people to know they’re not alone and I’m here for them.”-Demi Lovato on Good Morning America
Demi Lovato is offering free therapy sessions for fans on her upcoming Tell Me You Love Me Tour. The tour will be offering free therapy sessions and wellness workshops which will feature celebrity guest speakers opening up about their personal experience with mental health. It is the way she is taking action that is groundbreaking, using her highly anticipated tour as the medium for spreading awareness about mental health. Demi has been an advocate for many years now. She is diagnosed with bipolar 2 disorder and has always been open about her journey with mental health. Now she is taking her message one step further. She is making it part of the overall experience in attending her show.
During the concert, Demi will encourage fans to send a text donating to a local mental health charity. It is a significant theme of Demi’s show. Whether you are attending her concert as a hardcore “Lovatic,” a fan who struggles with their mental health or just someone who got free tickets to the show you will be forced to acknowledge mental health in some way. As I read about this initiative, I couldn’t help but get emotional thinking about the people who will finally feel like they are visible in a world that makes them feel invisible.
Logic Uses His Voice for Suicide Prevention
“I just want to thank you all so much for giving me a platform to talk about something that mainstream media doesn’t want to talk about.“-Logic at VMAs in August 2017
Every day, approximately 105 Americans die by suicide (Center for Disease Control and Prevention). Shocked? Well its the truth, and a message that rapper Logic is sending to fans, other celebrities, and the world. If you were watching the Video Music Awards, how could you forget Logic’s emotional performance entitled, “1-800-273-8255,” which is the National Suicide Prevention line. As people who had been impacted by suicide stood behind him, tears rolling down their face, Logic used his performance to confront suicide powerfully. Logic is open about his struggle with anxiety and is encouraging others to stand up to the stigma of mental health.
Below are some more celebrities who are also speaking up about mental health and standing up for it as well.
When YouTube Star, Logan Paul, made a horrific YouTube Vlog in Japan’s infamous Suicide Forest filming the body of a dead man who hung himself celebrities lashed out in a big way.
“How dare you! You disgust me. I can’t believe that so many young people look up to you. So sad. Hopefully this latest video woke them up. You are pure trash. Plain and simple. Suicide is not a joke. Go rot in hell.“-Actor Aaron Paul, from Breaking Bad, on Twitter
“You’re an idiot. You’re not raising awareness. You’re mocking. I can’t believe how self-praising your “apology” is. You don’t deserve the success (views) you have. I pray to God you never have to experience anything like that man did.“-Actress Sophie Turner, from Game of Thrones, on Twitter
Lil Wayne opens up about a failed suicide attempt in his lyrics in the song, “Mad.”
“And when I attempted suicide, I didn’t die/I remember how mad I was on that day/Man, you gotta let it go before it get up in the way/Let it go, let it go“-Lil Wayne
Hip Hop artist Kid Cudi opened up about his rehabilitation for depression and suicidal thoughts on a social media message he sent to fans.
“Its been difficult for me to find the words to what Im about to share with you because I feel ashamed. Ashamed to be a leader and hero to so many while admitting I’ve been living a lie. It took me a while to get to this place of commitment, but it is something I have to do for myself, my family, my best friend/daughter and all of you, my fans.” -Kid Cudi
All of these stories and messages relayed to the public have one common and essential message-Speak Your Truth. It is the truth that sets us free. I applaud these celebrities and much more who are using their platform for the betterment of society.