One of our favorite play aunties, Maxine Waters, stole the show with her now-famed “reclaiming my time” line as she squared up against Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin. The line became so popular that it has been made into memes, t-shirts, mugs, and even a gospel song! But now it’s been flipped around for another well-needed cause: suicide prevention.
Broadway’s Mykal Kilgore, who took us to church with his video, “Reclaiming My Time-Gospel Mix,” teamed up with Chirlane McCray, wife of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, for the very important message. As September 10 marked World Suicide Prevention Day, the two did a special collab using the line to encourage people those struggling with mental issues to seek help.
“There are still too many people out there with misconceptions about mental illness,” First Lady Chirlane says in the video. “There’s so much work to do to change the culture but there’s so little time.” And, of course, Mykal put his own flavor on it as they vowed to reclaim their time against those who dared say that mental health isn’t important.
Several people applauded First Lady Chirlane and Mikal for their creative way to approach the topic:
Let’s be real, mental health is often something that’s swept under the rug and seen as a small issue that people can just quickly get over—especially in the black community. But, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in this country, showing that many are struggling with mental issues, and some even think that taking their own life is the answer.
So the First Lady of NYC is trying to make a change in that area. In fact, just last October she launched the NYC Well Program, which grants New York City citizens access to help for mental illness and substance misuse 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year through phone, text and chat. With the new cool and catchy video, the city can continue to have discussions and break stigmas surrounding mental health.