Megan Thee Stallion Launches Mental Health Website – Annenberg Media
“I’m a bad bitch and I have bad anxiety.”
This line from Megan Thee Stallion’s song “Anxiety” can be heard in the video greeting visitors to her new mental health awareness website, Bad Bitches Have Bad Days Too. The animated video shows a young black woman drowning as the hip-hop entertainer talks about her own struggles.
The recently launched website has four components, all aimed at providing support, especially to people who identify as Black, LGBTQ+ and Native American.
The site offers young Megan fans 20 links to resources focused on preventive care or emergency services. Included are widely known resources like the National Crisis Text Line and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, in addition to more community-specific resources like the Black Mental Health Alliance and the National Youth Talkline LGBT phone number.
“We hope that with Meg Thee Stallion using her platform to share mental health resources with her fans,” Black Mental Wellness, one of the featured resources, said in a statement to Annenberg Media, “that our site Web and our services will reach an even wider audience, resulting in more healing in our communities.
This group hopes to “normalize conversations about mental health and increase access to mental health knowledge, coping and wellness strategies, and mental health services.”
Megan’s website comes at a crucial time for the state of young people’s mental health in America. According to the California Department of Public Health, black children in California have a higher suicide rate than any other group of children and double the statewide average suicide rate.
LGBTQ+ youth are four times more likely to report a suicide attempt. According to The Trevor Project, within the LGBTQ+ community, Indigenous youth were two and a half times more likely to die by suicide than their peers.
“I love how it brings up intersectionality in the black community,” said freshman public relations student Morgan Wright. “Although I am not part of the LGBTQ community, it comforts me to know that there is someone else watching them and has a great platform like this.”
The website connects users to affordable therapy. The average cost of therapy for someone without insurance can range from $60 to $250 per session. Low-income members of marginalized communities often find it harder to access affordable mental health care, despite bearing a greater burden due to economic injustice and inequality.
Megan Thee Stallion, née Megan Pete, has been transparent about her own mental health issues. After a back-and-forth legal battle over her claim that she was shot in the feet by rapper Tory Lanez and her vehement denial, Pete told interviewer Gayle King earlier this year, “It’s is too much. I feel crazy. I’m sad. And I feel like I have to hold it back because I have to be strong for so many people.
Pete credits therapy with helping after the deaths of his mother and grandmother, who died two weeks apart in early 2019. His story highlights overcoming adversity while emphasizing that healing is a journey non-linear.
Web page visitors also see a larger message about the truth of rainy days: they will come and that’s okay.
“[The website] It’s not just about keeping your sanity going,” said second-year political science student Annmarie Easy, “it’s also about knowing that when your sanity declines, all is well.
Among the website’s resources is another lyric “Anxiety” and a call to action that Megan hopes will resonate with fans, “Bounce back like bad female dogs always do.”
Mental Illness Awareness Week runs from October 2-8.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1 (800) 273-8255 – 24/7 on call – Free, confidential emotional support for people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Anxiety Crisis Textline – Text a crisis counselor to 741471
Talkspace text therapy app