Chance the Rapper has become one of the more prominent hip-hop artists to speak out about mental health. He has already donated millions of dollars to Chicago public schools and now he is pledging $1 million to mental health services in Chicago.
According to Rolling Stone, this is part of a new mental health initiative that the Chance the Rapper has launched called My State of Mind, which could grow into a major resource for people in the Chicago area who need help.
This is a cause near and dear to Chance's heart. In an interview with Complex in March 2017 The Chicago native talked about his own struggle with mental health. In the interview, the rapper opened up about his anxiety and how he wished the issue was discussed more when he was growing up in the city.
"I think anxiety is also something that I'm just now being exposed to. A really big conversation and idea that I'm getting introduced to right now is black mental health. 'Cause for a long time that wasn't a thing that we talked about. I don't remember it. I don't remember people talking about anxiety; I don't remember, when I was growing up, that really being a thing."
I asked University of St. Francis student, Michael Quiram about Chance’s pledge and he had this to say:
“Chance the Rapper has been one of my favorite rappers the last few years not just because of his music but because the impact he has on others and the city of Chicago. I think mental health is extremely important and it is amazing that Chance is making an effort to help those struggling.”
The new mental health initiative will with provide grants to mental health service providers and a guidebook will be released digitally and physically, so that Cook County residents will be able to find the best resources possible.