Minority Mental Health Awareness Month Post #5

When JAY-Z Mentions Therapy

With five words, did JAY-Z shatter a stigma about therapy and mental health?

Last week, JAY-Z released 4:44, his anticipated album-in-reply to his wife Beyonce’s tour de force about infidelity in their marriage, Lemonade.
Fans immediately began parsing JAY-Z’s lyrics and one song in particular, “Smile,” piqued the Internet’s interest for its mention of his therapist–and for the larger cultural effect of this acknowledgment of JAY-Z’s being (or having been) in therapy.

Over at Bustle, Nina Bradley writes:
“Smile,” the third song from JAY-Z’s newly released project, discusses a variety of pressing issues, including sexual identity and the perils of being a black man in America.
Amid those meaningful statements, JAY also seems to reveal that he sees a therapist halfway through the song. During the nearly five-minute track, he raps, โ€œMy therapist said I relapsed.” It was certainly a surprising, yet refreshing, admittance on his part.

On the surface, it’s unclear whether or not the mention was just happenstance or has a deeper purpose.

Nevertheless, it could very well prove to be an important reference for the mental health community.
Particularly, if it stands to remove some of the stigma associated with mental health.

Throughout history, there’s been an overwhelmingly negative notion related to therapy, which has seemingly created an aversion to the idea of seeking out treatment โ€” sometimes placing feelings of shame or guilt on participants.

๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿ‘‰What is your take on mental health and therapy?

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  1. October 9, 2017 / 2:38 am
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    The existence and continuation of stigma compounds existing challenges hindering access to mental health care particularly within immigrant and refugee communities.

    • loveyourmind
      October 12, 2017 / 12:26 am
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      I agree with you on this and I must say that as a mental health professional, I work with women in different minority communities who try to offer low or free mental health counseling. It’s a challenge for sure, but I am happy to be apart of a community working on this. Thank you so much for your comment, I genuinely appreciate this.

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    October 13, 2017 / 6:01 pm
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    Hello. And Bye.

    • loveyourmind
      October 17, 2017 / 7:48 pm
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      Hello! Thank you for your support! Have a great day!

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