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Rapper Megan Thee Stallion is encouraging her fans to check on their mental health with a new resource hub, NBC News reports.
Megan recently released her second album, “Traumazine,” one that she calls her most personal body of work yet. With songs like “Anxiety,” she addresses her own battles with mental health, rapping lyrics like “Issues but nobody I can talk to about it/They keep sayin’ I should get help/But I don’t even know what I need/They keep sayin’ speak your truth/And at the same time say they don’t believe.”
“I could be sad and I’ll write a song like ‘Body.’ Or I could be pissed off and I’ll write a song like ‘Freak Nasty.’ I don’t write songs about how I feel, I write songs about how I want to feel…So I feel like, on this album, it’s probably the first time I figured out how to talk about what I want to say, like, express myself a little bit more,” she told Apple Music’s Ebro Darden and Nadeska Alexis.
A modern-day soldier of sorts, Megan has been at war on the societal battlefield since she came to prominence. In 2021, she sat down for Season Two of actor Taraji P. Henson’s Facebook Watch show “Peace of Mind with Taraji” to discuss her struggles navigating fame, the backlash she receives in the media, and dealing with the death of both parents, her father dying when she was just a teen, and her mother in March 2019 after battling brain cancer.
“I’ve lost both of my parents. Now, I’m like, ‘Oh my gosh, who do I talk to? What do I do?’ And I just started learning that it’s OK to ask for help. And it’s OK to want to go get therapy,” said Megan.
She spoke candidly about the perception of therapy and therapists in the Black community and why she’s shifted her stance on seeking mental health help from one that makes her look “weak” to something that can be very empowering.
“As a Black person, and when you think of therapy you think of, ‘Oh my gosh, I’m weak.’ You think of medication and you just think the worst… That’s kind of what you see on TV too. Like, therapy wasn’t even presented in the media as something that was good. Now, it’s becoming safe to say, ‘Alright now, there’s a little too much going on. Somebody help me,’” Megan told Henson.
The Houston rapper was named a pioneer on TIME’s “100 Most Influential People” list in 2020. Henson wrote about Megan for TIME, saying it was her strength and ability to navigate her challenges that ultimately made her a fan.
“There was something about this woman. Once you discover her, you become a fan. I don’t like to put the stigma of the word strong on Black women because I think it dehumanizes us, but she has strength—strength through vulnerability. She’s lost much of her family—her mother, her father, her grandmother—yet she is the epitome of tenacity, of pulling herself up by her bootstraps… She’s deep. She’s enrolled in college. She’s an entertainer. She’s a free spirit; I see that in her. The industry might try to pigeonhole her in this rap game, but she’s got a plan that’s much bigger. And we got her,” said Henson
With the release of her recent album, Megan has also taken the time to advocate for mental health checkups among her fans. She retweeted a post from a fan named Shea Jordan Smith, who revealed Megan’s new mental health resource site entitled “Bad B------ Have Bad Days Too,” a reference to a line from her “Anxiety” single.
“Megan…created a website that compiles a list of diverse mental health resources and is sending it out to her fans and followers,” Smith wrote along with the link to the site.
"Hotties! You know how much mental wellness means to me, so I created a hub with resources that can help when you might need a hand. Head to https://t.co/dUAnYKW0mb now and check it out. Love y'all so much 🖤" - @theestallion pic.twitter.com/LMta2wIIRK— Shea Jordan Smith (@shea_jordan) September 25, 2022
The 27-year-old confirmed the site along with a little message to her fans, writing “Hotties! You know how much mental wellness means to me, so I created a hub with resources that can help when you might need a hand…Love y’all so much.”
The site includes more than 20 resource links for those looking for support on their mental health journeys. There are therapy platforms, mental health text and helplines, resource directories, and specific resource links for Black women, men, and LGBTQIA+ community members. The site includes an animated video for the song anxiety as well as a locator for therapists near you and a text message group where you can sign up for updates.
Megan shared that in the past, she’s steered away from being vulnerable but now wants to take control of her own story. It’s important for her to advocate mental wellness for her fans as well, letting them know that it’s ok to not be ok.
“I feel like it’s been so easy for people to tell my story for me, speak on my behalf because I’m a nonchalant person. But, like, I see now that it can get out of control. So I feel like I wanted to just take control of my narrative, take control of my own story. Tell it my way. Tell it from me,” she said.
To get the support you need on your mental health journey, visit Megan’s site here.
Megan Thee Stallion encourages fans to check on mental health with new resource hub. Photo Courtesy of Todd Owyoung/NBC/Getty Images