Big Sean who contemplated suicide says like sex ed, mental health must be taught early

Big Sean had contemplated suicide several times and he said that mental health coping skills should be taught to children in schools

                            Big Sean who contemplated suicide says like sex ed, mental health must be taught early
Big Sean said children should be taught mental health coping skills (Vivien Killilea/Getty Images)

Big Sean has advocated the importance of positive mental health and wellness on several occasions. Since May is observed as the Mental Health Awareness Month, the Detroit hip-hop icon recently shed light on the same when he sat for an interview on Ebro Darden’s ‘The Message’, as published by Revolt. 

The award-winning rapper also recently launched a wellness video series with his mother Myra Anderson where he touched upon topics such as mindset, sleep/circadian rhythms, meditation, diet/exercise and the emotional freedom technique (EFT). Big Sean has taken his mental health very seriously after he had earlier revealed that he had considered taking his own life.


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Big Sean attends the Savage x Fenty arrivals during New York Fashion Week at Barclays Center on September 10, 2019, in New York City (Jim Spellman/Getty Images)

Teach mental health coping skills just like sex ed

Putting the spotlight on mental health in his recent interview, Sean said that mental health should be taught just the way STDs and sex are taught in classes. “It really needs to be just like how they teach us about STDs and sex in health class. They need to make sure they teach us about how to deal with anxiety or how to breathe properly and all of that. It all should be together because it’s all connected. It’s not like the head is separate from anything, it’s all together.”

Big Sean also spoke about the mental health and wellness video series that he produces with his mother. “It was actually her idea because she been with me throughout the whole pandemic at my crib, and she sees the stuff that I have applied to my everyday life that helps me get through and helps me stay productive, stay inspired, stay active.” Sean added, “Some of the stuff she’s taught me, some of the stuff I’ve learned on my own. But she was just like “Yo you gotta put people onto this, you gotta use your platform for not just music and all of that. She kept bugging me about it, it just made me be like… let’s just do it. Might as well just put the information out there for the people that can use it.”

Big Sean speaks onstage before a performance in Harlem at The Apollo Theater presented by iHeartRadio LIVE and Verizon on October 29, 2019, in New York City (Theo Wargo/Getty Images for iHeartRadio)

Did Big Sean try to shoot himself?

Speaking to Michael Eric Dyson during his Facebook ‘Watch Show’ in March 2021, as reported by Revolt, the ‘My Last’ hitmaker revealed that at one point his mental health got really bad and he did contemplate suicide several times. The rapper had earlier revealed that he was stressed out and realized that he had to do something about it or else it might lead to self-destruction. “If you a man and you not working hard, it’s like, ‘Ah you getting soft.’ So that was always in the back of my head, so I’m working exhausting myself for years and years and years. I couldn’t get through the day without feeling terrible.”

The hip-hop artist continued, “I was sure contemplating suicide a lot of times, you know, having guns in my hands and just really feeling it for real…even planning it out to the point where like, ‘Hey, if I do kill myself at least my family will get this amount of money. Because I just was stressed out and not happy. I realized that I need to stop everything I’m doing and figure this out or I’ma self-destruct.” Sean added how he then took some time off and opted for therapy. “I took the time off, canceled everything I was doing, sought therapy, connected with God more, spiritually grounded myself and put myself first as a priority for the first time ever.”

Rapper Big Sean attends The 58th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 15, 2016, in Los Angeles, California (Jason Merritt/Getty Images)