Popstar Beyonce Knowles has pledged $6 million to support mental health care during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Beyonce’s BeyGOOD has teamed up with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s #startsmall to provide $6 million to fund the mental health and personal wellness services, reports variety.com. The artist, 38, shared this news on her website.
“Beyonce’s BeyGOOD recognizes the immense mental and personal health burdens being placed on essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic,” read the official statement by the organization, adding: “In our major cities, African-Americans comprise a disproportionate number of workers in these indispensable occupations, and they will need mental health support and personal wellness care, including testing and medical services, food supplies and food deliveries, both during and after the crisis.”
The initiative provides a significant strategic collaboration with UCLA in the mental wellbeing. BeyGOOD has collaborated with the Mental Illness National Alliance and offers local support in Houston, New York, New Orleans, and Detroit. Bey also supports United Memorial Center, Bread of Life, Matthew 25 and other organizations to help provide basic necessities, including food, water, cleaning supplies, medications, and face masks.
Earlier this month, during her stint in A “One World: Together at Home” virtual concert, Beyonce also brought into consideration the deadly effect of the coronavirus pandemic on African American communities, claiming the virus is killing Black people at an astonishingly high pace in the US.
The 38-year-old singer emphasized the sufferings of the African-American community by saying: “Black Americans belong to these parts of the workforce that don’t have the luxury of working from home. And African-American communities at large have been severely affected. Those with pre-existing conditions are at higher risk.”