Megan Thee Stallion is intent on shattering the stigma surrounding mental health and showing that it’s okay to reach out if you need help. She launched a website on Sept. 25th, 2022, called “Bad B—-es Have Bad Days Too (BBHBDT). The website links to mental health resources, therapy platforms and helplines.
The 27-year-old rapper launched the website to encourage her fans to take care of themselves. Shea Jordan Smith, a senior digital political strategist, announced the launch on Twitter, along with a statement from the artist: “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 badb—-eshavebaddaystoo.com now and check it out. Love y’all so much — @theestallion.”
The website lists resources specifically for the LGBTQIA+ community and Black women, with links to websites such Therapy For Black Girls and Black Mental Wellness.
Why Megan Thee Stallion Launched a Mental Health Website
The rapper’s adolescence was full of struggles. At just 15-years-old, she lost her father. The star has stated that her mother and manager, Holly Thomas, was the driving force behind her successful music career. After losing her mother to brain cancer in 2019, the rapper began to speak on the importance of self-care – and she wasn’t talking about the “face masks and bubble baths” type of self-care, but rather about looking after her mental well-being.
“I just be taking it day by day and I be like ‘Lord, thank you for getting me up out this bed’ because sometimes I just want to say, ‘I’ll lay here for another hour, I’m not going.’ And then I be, ‘No, you’re Megan Thee Stallion… you got to take care of you,’ ” Stallion said in an interview with Apple Music. “Who else is going to take care of you?”
After the loss of both of her parents, Megan Thee Stallion got real about how therapy helped her through trauma. During a 2021 Facebook Watch interview with Taraji P. Henson on Peace of Mind with Taraji, Megan Thee Stallion stated, “Right now mental health is more important to me than ever.”
Overcoming The Stigma Around Speaking Out
During the Facebook Watch interview, the rapper addressed the lingering stigma around reaching out for help in the Black community. “It was never a conversation that was on the table,” she said in the interview. “Now in this space, I’ve lost both of my parents. So 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.”
For the artist, taking care of your mental health is the real “hot girl”: “I feel like right now mental health is more important to me, more than ever, because I have more pressure on me than I feel like I used to have…when I was Megan and I wasn’t as criticized and under such a magnifying glass as I am now.”
Megan Thee Stallion also wrote about her mental health struggles on her latest album Traumazine, which was released in August 2022. As she raps in her song Anxiety, “All I really wanna hear is, ‘It’ll be okay’”.
More and more celebrities are stepping up and using their platforms to encourage people to talk about it and seek help. Recently, we’ve seen J Balvin launch a bilingual mental health app, and Selena Gomez is opening up about her mental health journey in a new documentary.
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