8 Black Celebrities Get Real About Their Mental Health

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and we should have a conversation about mental health struggles. While we should have these conversations throughout the year, we should use this month, in particular, to highlight it. Celebrity culture can be full of gossip and saucy rumors, but many of these public figures have been transparent about their struggles.

These individuals have huge platforms and using them to talk about their mental health battles can positively impact someone’s life. Inspiration comes in all its forms and you never know who might benefit from hearing these stories. Check out our list of eight celebrities who are transparent as it relates to their mental health.

Michelle Williams

Many of us have come to love Michelle Williams for giving us some of the most iconic icons from her time in Destiny’s Child and during her solo career. This love also stems from Williams’ transparency surrounding her mental health. Williams, who composed it Check-in: How the truth about depression saved my life — and it could save yoursAnd He believes that having these candid conversations normalizes the stigma around him.

“Let’s normalize it and let people know that it is actually a strength. You show strength, not weakness if you are going through a tough time emotionally or mentally,” Williams said. Plaviti News.

Kiki Palmer

Keke Palmer is one of the wildest of the many hyphens the world has been decorated with, but she’s faced some of the same problems as everyone else – anxiety and depression.

In an interview with EssencePalmer candidly revealed that she would have loved to let her younger self know that things were going to be okay. “We all have our trials and mistakes in different things in our lives. Everything is not the end of the world. I realized as I got older, I would like to tell myself that.”


Lizzo has made us all feel like h*** with her music, but the starlet doesn’t always feel that way.

at Interview With diverseAnd The singer revealed that while she may be enjoying a lot of fame, her feelings of anxiety and depression haven’t gone away. “Fame happens to you, and it’s more than just being noticed. People become famous, and it’s as if my DNA hasn’t changed. Nothing has changed about me. My anxiety hasn’t gone away. My depression hasn’t gone away.”

Megan Thee Stallion

Megan Thee Stallion is at the top of her game now and ever since she debuted. The recent college graduate opened up on Taraji P. Henson in Peace of mind with Taraji About the importance of mental health to her now.

“Now I feel mental health is more important to me than ever because I’m under more pressure than I used to feel. When I was Megan and I wasn’t criticized and under a magnifying glass like I am now.”

Big Shawn

Known for his booty and impeccable words, this Detroit native has been a past mental health advocate and the power of therapy. While celebrating his birthday in March, the rapper “Guap” shared Instagram That his treatment helped him realize that clarity was something he needed most in his life.

“The deal was, I started therapy, got a good therapist. I was fortunate enough to talk to some super spiritual people. They made me realize one thing I was missing in my life, the only thing I was missing was clarity. Clarity about who was around me, and what I was doing.”

Jay Z

Sean Carter, aka Jay-Z, has used his platform to help so many people, and it’s great to know that he’s been transparent about his relationship with therapy. Share a pole to be informed one’s feelings Not only important, but also an advantage.

“I think the most important thing I’ve got is that everything is connected. Every emotion is connected and it comes from somewhere. And just being aware of it in everyday life puts you in such… You have a huge advantage.”

Judy Kid

Controlling one’s mental health is very difficult but very important. We owe Kid Cudi a big shout out for being candid about his decision to seek help on his journey toward sobriety. during his appearance day red table discussionAnd Cody revealed how he came to such a decision.

“I was really worried, and I kind of had that moment where I was just like, ‘Do I really want to go back to drugs and do cocaine again? Do I really want to go back on this trip at 32? ‘ I woke up one morning, and I was just thinking, ‘Man, that’s not healthy. I don’t know what to do but I get some help and find somewhere I can go. And I found a place.”

Brandon Marshall

There is nothing more special than having the support of your partner when it comes to major life transformations. Former NFL player Brandon Marshall and his wife became mental health awareness advocates once he was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). Sports reveal to people The real power lies in connecting with one’s emotions.

“I grew up in a society where you never acknowledged any weakness. As a footballer, you never show weakness to your opponent. But when you think about it, connecting with those feelings is the real strength.”

If you or someone you know has mental health issues, we encourage you to get in touch with National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) in 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) or [email protected].