The first Hollywood & Mind Summit took place Thursday afternoon, bringing industry leaders together for conversations on how the entertainment and tech industries can help break down the stigma surrounding mental health. In attendance were Master P and Juice WRLD‘s mother, Carmela Wallace, who sat on a panel and discussed their healing journeys after losing a child.
“Helping others helps me,” said Wallace, per The Hollywood Reporter. “Knowing I have a purpose and that I’m carrying on my son’s legacy, that helps me with the healing process.”
P agreed, noting he’s “turning my pain into purpose.” “I want to be that parachute for other families. That’s how I’m going to heal,” he continued. “My life is not about being an entrepreneur or successful anymore, it’s about being a servant.”
Master P lost his daughter Tytyana Miller to substance abuse in 2022 and was tapped to be a mental health ambassador at NAMI later that year.
Juice WRLD passed away in 2019 following a drug overdose, prompting the launch of Wallace’s mental healthy advocacy organization, Live Free 999. The program provides support for mental health and addiction, and encourages others to speak openly about mental health.
“In this industry, I felt like I was an outsider because it was so new to me,” Wallace said. “I felt alone, and I felt like I couldn’t really help [Juice] the way I wanted to.” She recommended the industry “have a guide or support for families, for people who are new” so they can help artists prevent addiction.
“It’s going to take more than one person to help with this,” P added. “We are stronger together.”
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