If listening to The Breakfast Club is part of the morning routine, you already know taboo topics are not off limits annnnnddd Charlamagne Tha God is probably bringing them up.
Mental health awareness and treatment in the Black community is one issue Charlamagne always comes back too, so it can be destigmatized. Hence, the launch of his Mental Wealth Alliance (MWA) Foundation.
The Mental Wealth Alliance Foundation’s purpose is to bury the stigma attached to mental health illness and become a state-of-the art hub for mental health outreach.
“My founding of the Mental Wealth Alliance is the manifestation of a deeply personal vision,” says Charlamagne in a written statement. “I believe improving Black mental health is a core tenet of restoring souls, igniting wealth, and inspiring upliftment for Black America.”
As host of world’s most dangerous morning show, Charlamagne has opened up about his anxiety and seeing a therapist to treat it.
“It was never in my plans to become a mental health advocate, but after I started discussing my journey, writing about it in my second book, Shook One, talking about therapy, and sharing life experiences with listeners, a lot of people reached out to me. I want to be a part of providing that help. That’s why I created MWA.”
The Foundation is projected to raise $100 million over five years and will partner with Black orgs and experts whose missions are aligned with their three core principles:
- Train– equip thousands of Black professionals to takeover fields of psychology, social work and other mental health areas through scholarship funds and training meant to increase mental health professionals from 4% to 14%
- Teach– implement Social and Emotional Learning and Mental Health Literacy strategies in K-12 public schools on a state and federal level.
- Treat– support orgs aimed at providing free therapy to 10 million Americans within five years.
“A strange thing happens when you start to tell your story,” says Charlamagne. “It encourages other people to tell theirs, and slowly but surely the stigma around mental health in the Black community starts to dissipate because folks learn that it’s OK to not be OK and more importantly seek help for not being OK.”
Good looks, Charlamagne Tha God for helping us face our traumas fearlessly, making you this week’s Man Candy Monday.