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Inspiring Black Artists Who Champion Mental Health: Kehlani’s Story

As we celebrate Black History Month, we want to highlight Kehlani for her openness about her mental health journey.

As we celebrate Black History Month, we want to spotlight outstanding Black figures who’ve made their mark with their talents and shown us the power of being real about their lives and mental health journeys.

These Black artists, dancers, and actors are open about who they are, flaws and all, and they teach us valuable lessons.

They remind us that it’s totally okay and normal to face tough times and challenges no matter who you are. Life isn’t always smooth sailing, and that’s alright.

They highlight the importance of seeking help when it comes to mental health. Reaching out for support is a sign of strength, not weakness.

They remind us that speaking up and standing for your beliefs can positively change the world.

We hope these stories inspire you from these artists’ actions and the words they want you to hear.

You’re not alone in your journey; just like them, you can overcome anything with determination and resilience.

Why we’re celebrating Kehlani

Kehlani’s musical prowess and candidness about personal challenges have significantly contributed to mental health awareness and the visibility of LGBTQ+ issues.

Kehlani has often spoken publicly about personal issues they’ve dealt with, like the celebrity relationship woes that led to a suicide attempt and their decision to come out as non-binary.

Kehlani is a vocal advocate for the representation of Black queer voices in the music industry, highlighting their importance of resilience and authentic self-expression.

They use their platform to inspire marginalized communities to embrace their identities and aspire towards their dreams without compromise.

Navigating the space between her Black and Mexican heritage, Kehlani has openly discussed the isolation that can come with being biracial.

“Sometimes I’m not Black enough to fit the Black side, sometimes I’m not Mexican enough to fit the Latin side, and sometimes I feel too mixed to fit in with anyone,”


Despite the challenges, Kehlani embraces the fullness of her Blackness, acknowledging the struggles and richness it brings.

“Being Black has always been one of my biggest blessings…With being Black, comes all the pain, glory, and beauty that comes with the experience,”


Her Mental Health Journey

Kehlani has been open about battling depression and anxiety. They have spoken about the heaviness of dealing with fame and personal tribulations that once led to hospitalization after a suicide attempt.

Kehlani told their fans that it had happened more than once. They used their stage to urge young people to seek help, emphasizing,

“[Suicide] is something that so many young people are dealing with… and so many young people slip under the rug to things like depression and severe anxiety and many disorders that people know nothing about.,”


Kehlani then asked her fans in the crowd to check on their loved ones.

“If you have a friend and they’re scaring you a little, just love them. Just hug them, and love them up, and tell ’em that it’s good, okay?”


We hope these stories inspire you, just like these athletes inspire us. Remember, you’re not alone in your journey. With determination and resilience, you can overcome anything.

‘Head in the Game’ is here to help support young peoples mental health. To learn more about the ‘Head in the Game’ program click here. Young people can also explore resources to support their mental wellbeing by clicking here.