Labels That Sign Young Artists Should Be Required To Provide Mental Health Services

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We call for mental health to be a preemptive – not reactive – conversation. We nominate John Janick of Interscope Records to stand up and lead this movement, with the profits that Juice WRLD's career is currently seeing and will no doubt increase with the inflated attention his death has brought to his music. We request a psycho-therapy based system that nurtures, uplifts and supports artists from the initial transition through their careers.

We want to see your roster of artists at Interscope be granted access to wellness services and programs created by mental health professionals (as the NFL implements for their talent pool) that can help them navigate serious transitions with boundaries and groundedness, when signing multi-million dollar contracts with artists – especially those under 21 years old.

The recent passing of Juice WRLD is tragic and representative of a pervasive problem that continues to go unchecked in the music industry. Jarad Higgins is not the first, and sadly won't be the last, of a talented generation of young adults losing their lives to addiction. Addiction, though a component in a larger system of injustice, is perpetuated by a lack of preemptive, consistent mental health structure alongside multi-million dollar record deals. 

Warning signs of his health issue became overlooked cries for help in his lyrics, those that featured in #1 Billboard songs. These cries weren’t just ignored – they fortified a dangerous pop culture narrative that is taking the lives of our youth, famous or not. To remedy this, we must create intentional systems / programs caters to cultivating positive environments and growth for artists’, which begins first by acknowledging that new tools are needed. 

Many artists that ‘blow up’ transition from struggle to enormous wealth, becoming breadwinners and support systems for many family an community members alike. Their struggles are amplified by fame and social media scrutiny, delivered alongside daily pressure to create more, bigger and better, making it nearly impossible to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Tour cycles are strenuous, labels provide high pressure deadlines, and subsequently artists are riddled with an anxiety that they are not trained or equipped to handle. Substance abuse becomes an accessible and acceptable coping mechanism, reiterated by a culture that encourages casual drug use. Prescription cough syrup to opioid painkillers. 

While no one person can take full responsibility for another person's mental health, lifestyle or choices, there is a collective responsibility to stand up and take ownership of our future generation. In addition to sympathy and prayers, we need tangible, strategic implementations that protect and scale young artists' physical and mental wellbeing, and not just their wallets.