Megan Thee Stallion: Rapper launches mental health platform to support People of Color and people from the LGBTQIA+ community in particular
Rapper Megan Thee Stallion has long been an advocate for mental health and now wants to support especially people of color and people from the LGBTQIA+ community with her new mental health platform, which arranges free therapy sessions, for example.
In her song “Anxiety” Megan Thee Stallion sings the following verse: “I’m a bad b*tch and I got bad anxiety” and speaks openly about the fact that she suffers from anxiety just like many non-celebrities. To help anyone going through the same thing, Megan Thee Stallion has now launched a website to help people with their mental health.
Free therapy and mental health tips
The Mental Health website, titled “Bad B*tches Have Bad Days Too,” provides links to resources such as free therapy and recommendations for therapists who specialize in helping people of color and people in the LGBTQ+ community. For example, the website not only provides users with helpful tips, but also 24/7 crisis hotlines.
According to People Magazine, a fan recently drew attention to the singer’s new site via Twitter and shared that Megan Thee Stallion sent the following message to her fans: “Hotties! You know how much mental health means to me, so I’ve created a platform with resources that can support you if you need help.”
Study: more people are seeking psychological support
Since the COVID pandemic began in 2020, significantly more people worldwide are suffering from anxiety and depression than in previous years, according to the World Health Organization. In the U.S., young people, people of color and people from the LGBTQIA+ community in particular have experienced even higher levels of anxiety with the pandemic, according to surveys. Megan Thee Stallion’s new mental health website is basically designed to help anyone who needs help get the right support, but a special offer is for the aforementioned target group.
In a 2018 article for Teen Vogue, Araya Baker, a counselor, educator, and research analyst, wrote about how important it is for marginalized people to find therapists who share a similar background: “The results of one study show that when therapists share the same background as their patients, that for some clients, sharing negative feelings due to their minority identity with a therapist or therapist can reduce reluctance, mistrust, and lack of self-esteem,” wrote Araya Baker.
And in a 2019 essay for Teen Vogue, journalist Gloria Oladipo wrote about the many reasons she needs a therapist for People of Color. Why she wants help from someone she doesn’t have to explain certain microaggressions to, or about the problem of misdiagnosis: “Because racial misdiagnosis is a constant problem, the ability to accurately assess and treat our needs is critical to the mental health of People of Color,” Oladipo wrote.
Megan Thee Stallion has also spoken openly about going to therapy after the death of her parents, saying in an interview, “It’s okay to ask for help and go to therapy.” We know that psychological support works, but with her new platform, Megan has given us another important reminder that therapy can help us “get back on our feet like bad b*tches always do.”