Atlanta, GA – The Hip Hop Professional Foundation (HHPF) will kick-off Mental Health Month in May with “Silence the Shame” Day; a global awareness initiative created to peel back the layers of shame and stigma related to mental health. The campaign will begin on May 5th and will include the support from celebrities, faith and civic leaders, key influencers and the community-at-large who will lend their support to encourage individuals who are suffering from mental illness to #silencetheshame and seek treatment and support.
According to the U.S. Surgeon General, minorities are less likely to receive diagnosis and treatment for their mental illness, have less access to mental health services, often receive a poorer quality of mental health care and is underrepresented in mental health research.
Music industry veteran created the “Silence the Shame” initiative in 2016 after surviving her bout with depression and experiencing friends, family and colleagues battle mental health disorders. “My father committed suicide when I was seven (7) months old and I held that shame over my head for years. I finally had to forgive him, talk about it and also get the help needed with my own depression,” said Shanti Das of The Hip Hop Professional Foundation. “With Silence the Shame, I hope to educate, empower and normalize the conversation around mental health.”
Celebrities participating in the “Silence the Shame” PSA include entertainment host Nick Cannon, recording artist Andra Day, movie producer Will Packer, recording artist Jeezy, comedian/actor Flex Alexander, recording artist Chloe x Halle, recording artist BBD, recording artist Stephanie Mills, actress Terri J. Vaughn, artist Estelle, 102.9 morning show host Ed Lover, R&B artist Shanice, former NFL player Takeo Spikes and R&B artist Nicci Gilbert Daniels.
“Silence the Shame” 60 sec PSA: https://youtu.be/9WRVDj4AWWs
HHPF will also host two local community events to continue the conversation in Atlanta, GA. On Saturday May 6th, HHPF will host a “Silence the Shame” Community Health Fair and Symposium at Jeans Childs Young Middle School from 12pm – 4pm. The event will consist of a panel discussion from 2 – 4pm with mental health care professionals and members from the faith and community leaders to educate and create awareness around mental health, treatment, and the removal of stigma and shame. There will also be service providers on hand to answer questions and provide information about mental health disorders such as depression/anxiety, PTSD, postpartum and suicide prevention. The weekend will conclude with “Silence the Shame” Day at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s former church, this will be the first time the church has addressed mental health on a Sunday. More information will be shared with participating congregations about how to “Silence the Shame” on mental health in their homes and community.
Individuals and/or media interested in supporting the initiative or seeking additional information, please contact HHPF by emailing STS@hiphoppro.org. To register for the “Silence the Shame” Community Health Fair and Symposium, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/silence-the-shame-community-mental-health-fair-symposium-tickets-693022850 .
You may also connect socially by visiting:
- “Silence the Shame” Logo, social media graphic and community health fair and symposium creative: Marketing Assets
- “Silence the Shame” Extended PSA: PSA Link
About Shanti Das:
Shanti is the Founder/CEO of Press Reset Entertainment, an Atlanta-based firm launched in 2009 that serves as an entertainment concierge service providing independent marketing & strategy for music acts, talent booking for private & corporate events, celebrity procurement, brand influencer marketing and special event assistance. This year’s marks Shanti’s 25-year anniversary in the entertainment business. Her music industry career (intern to Executive Vice President) includes positions at Capitol Records, LaFace Records, Columbia Records, Sony Urban Music and Universal Motown where she worked directly with some of music’s top talent like Outkast, Usher, Prince, TLC, Toni Braxton, Erykah Badu, and more.
An advocate for many social issues, she started several successful initiatives and events including No Reservations Needed (an annual food drive/dinner for the Atlanta Mission homeless shelter in Atlanta), Samples That Serve (collection of toiletries for homeless mothers and children to benefit the annual United Way Shoebox Party), Backpack Blessings (collection of back to school supplies for local elementary schools with Walmart), Day of Pampering (Hair, Make-up pampering for moms at the Genesis Shelter), Toys of Joy (Holiday Toy drive benefitting local hospital CHOA) Turn The Page (book drive and reading program for local elementary and middle schools). After producing tons of successful community events, Shanti is finally launching her Hip-Hop Professional Foundation. The foundation will focus on two pillars: Youth Empowerment and Mental Health. “Silence the Shame” is the first big initiative to launch from the HHP foundation.