Megan Thee Stallion is opening up about her mental health journey for the latest PSA video for Seize the Awkward.
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In partnership with the Ad Council, Seize the Awkward is an ongoing campaign, that seeks to encourage conversations on mental health with friends and to help young adults spot the signs that someone may be struggling.
Joining the ranks of previous partners Billie Eilish and Noah Cyrus, Megan’s message aims to draw attention to the importance of “regularly check[ing] in on our friends and family and [making] sure to show empathy, encouragement, and love when they’re struggling.” Additionally noting in her official statement, she says “a strong support system can make a powerful difference in someone’s life.”
“I’ve always been told I gotta be strong. Thick skinned. Stiff upper lip. Tough as nails,” she says in the video PSA. “But to be everything for everybody – it wears on you. ‘Black don’t crack’, they say. But it can. I can. We all can.”
She continued, “Y’all, it’s okay to not be okay. Reach out to a friend if you see them going through it. No matter who you are, being vulnerable is what makes us whole.” The Houston Hottie then directed fans to the new Seize The Awkward website, as well as BadBitchesHaveBadDaysToo.com for even more resources.
In other videos for the campaign, Megan shares how she and her friends lean on each other for support, by them checking in on her and her checking in on them, and talks about how being vulnerable is part of a healthy relationship. Megan says, “I would tell all the Hotties it’s okay to be vulnerable. It’s okay to open up. It’s okay to be honest about how you’re feeling.”
She continued, “But the people who are meant to listen, they will be with you for life. And those are the people you need to care about. Those are the people you need to open up to. Those are the people that you need to allow to open up to you.”
"We love each other hotties. So definitely keep reaching out to your friends, and check on each other and love on each other because that’s what we about, love."
Audacy's I’m Listening initiative aims to encourage those who are dealing with mental health issues to understand they are not alone. If you or anyone you know is struggling with depression or anxiety, know that someone is always there. Additionally, the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 988. Find a full list of additional resources here.