YG continues to advocate for mental health!
REVOLT reports that the West Coast rapper plans to give underprivileged communities access to mental health resources through his TeleHealth Van program alongside founder and co-owner, Dion Rambo; partner, Todd Gurley; and the City of Hawthorne.
“TeleHealth Van is a service that we created for the people in the inner-cities,” said YG during an interview with TMZ during the summer. “It works like—you basically don’t leave your house if you got a mental health situation or got doctors you need to talk to. The van comes to your location and you get in the van—it’s basically like doing a Zoom call. You get in the van and you see your mental health worker or [doctor] over the screen, and y’all have y’all session.”
The initiative also includes three 5G-enabled vans that will “physically transport internet-connected telecommunications, teleconferencing, and video-conferencing devices and services/computer applications” to underserved locations. Working alongside health departments, clinics, adult centers and foster care providers, the program will be able to provide low-income communities with services that include mental health screenings and even assistance with completing medical insurance submissions.
“The city is, for sure, getting involved, getting behind it,” said YG, noting the support of the City of Hawthorne. “Everybody loves the idea. They love the fact that it’s Black people doing something real for the Black community.”
This project is personal for YG, who has been open about his struggles with mental health.
“They was talkin’ to me about mental health and how a lot of our people… we like mental health victims,” said the “Who Do You Love?” emcee during a previous appearance on The Breakfast Club. “They start tellin’ me different forms of mental health… So, I’m like damn, ‘I’m a victim to this shit! I ain’t really know what the shit really was until they started breaking it down.”
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