YG is giving more underprivileged communities access to mental health resources with the expansion of TeleHealth Vans. The West Coast emcee, his TeleHealth program with Todd Gurly and Dion Rambo and the City of Hawthorne came together last Wednesday (Nov. 17) to celebrate the addition of three 5G-enabled vans.
The vehicles “physically transport internet-connected telecommunications, teleconferencing, and video-conferencing devices and services/computer applications” to underserved areas, allowing virtual meetups between physicians and those in the need. They also work alongside health departments, clinics, adult centers, and foster care providers to provide those in low-income communities with services, including mental health screenings and help with completing medical insurance submissions.
“TeleHealth Van is a service that we created for the people in the inner-cities,” YG told TMZ over the summer. “It works like—you basically don’t leave your house if you got a mental health situation or got doctors you need to talk to. The van comes to your location and you get in the van—it’s basically like doing a Zoom call. You get in the van and you see your mental health worker or [doctor] over the screen, and y’all have y’all session.”
According to YG, the city of Hawthorne has been supportive of the expansion. “The city is, for sure, getting involved, getting behind it,” he said. “Everybody loves the idea. They love the fact that it’s Black people doing something real for the Black community.”
YG’s recent project comes nearly three years after he opened up about his struggles with mental health issues, which he realized he had following a conversation with a few people, including movie producer Scott Bordnick.
“They was talkin’ to me about mental health and how a lot of our people… we like mental health victims,” the Compton rapper told “The Breakfast Club” three years ago. “They start tellin’ me different forms of mental health… So, I’m like damn, ‘I’m a victim to this shit! I ain’t really know what the shit really was until they started breaking it down.”