As Mental Health Awareness month draws to a close, rapper Waka Flacka announced to his fans Monday that he plans to dedicate his life to the promotion of mental health and suicide prevention.
The 33-year-old tweeted his plan in time for his late brother’s birthday.
I’m officially dedicating my life to suicide prevention and mental illness!!! Y’all not alone Waka Flocka Flame is with y’all now!!!!— Waka Flocka (@WakaFlocka) May 26, 2020
Waka’s younger brother, Coades “Kayo Redd” Scott, committed suicide in 2013.
“You have no idea how it feel[s] to wanna [take] your own life man…my little brother took his own life man…and I deal with this fact every birthday because his birthday [is] the day after mines [sic] June 1st. This year I’m officially accepting the fact that he’s in a better place,” Waka tweeted in a followup post.
You have no idea how it feel to wanna your own life man... my lil brother took his own life man.. and I deal with this fact every birthday because his birthday a day after mines June 1st. This year I’m officially accepting the fact that he’s in a better place #LLKayo— Waka Flocka (@WakaFlocka) May 26, 2020
In a 2017 episode of VICELAND’s The Therapist, Waka told Dr. Siri Sat Nam Singh that his younger brother had attempted to call him before taking his own life.
“What if I would’ve picked that call up? What the f**k is my little brother going through that made my little brother kill himself?”
The recording artist’s other brother was killed in 2000. As the interview continues, Waka explains how he coped with the deaths of both of his brothers at the time.
“The only way I could get through it, I had to stay high,” he said. “So I’m like ‘F**k it, I’m gonna get high. I’m gonna pop me some pills. That’s how I’mma do it.’ That was my therapy. That was my addiction, [it] was pills.”
Since then, through therapy and personal work, Waka began to come to terms with these tragedies so close to his heart.
“From my perspective right now, I’m in a spot now [where] I just wanna clean out everything in the house,” he said. “It took me, like, four years—almost four solid years—to get to where I’m at.”
Now Waka Flocka is ready to give back and potentially save lives. He is generous and brave enough to share how mental health awareness has changed his life for the better, and he seeks to help others do the same.