Music Artist Westside Boogie and Carlon Ramong of LVRN Team Up With Syreeta Butler of Just B and Ryan Wilson of The Gathering Spot for a Discussion on Mental Health
Mental Health and Wellness Consulting Firm, Just B., Joined Forces with The Gathering Spot LA for an Intimate Conversation Surrounding the State of Mental Health in the Music Industry During BET Awards Weekend in Los Angeles
This past weekend in Los Angeles, Syreeta Butler, LMFT, of Mental Health & Wellness consulting firm, Just B., partnered with The Gathering Spot, a private membership club rooted in community and culture to have an intimate discussion surrounding the state of mental health in the entertainment industry. Joining the panel along with Syreeta were famed LA native rap artist Westside Boogie, Carlon Ramong, the Co-Owner and Head of Creative for music label and management company LVRN with Ryan Wilson, CEO of The Gathering Spot as moderator. Held at the club’s Historic West Adams District location, dozens of guests enjoyed a reception prior to the much needed deep dive into the mental health of artists, creatives and executives in all entertainment fields.
Just B. and LVRN have a history in prioritizing overall mental wellness in the music industry. Just B.’s thoughtful and innovative program to bridging the gap between executives, their team and the artists found a home with LVRN as they have become trailblazers and leaders in the forefront for developing the first ever in-house mental health and wellness department for their label. Westside Boogie, an artist on the LVRN roster, also seeks mental health consultations from Syreeta Butler through the program, which he speaks about freely.
The hour-long informative, vulnerable and necessary conversation touched on many issues the music industry and the Black community face as it pertains to receiving mental health help and where the disconnect lies between the industry and mental wellness. The panelists addressed topics such as what barriers African Americans have to cross in getting adequate mental health care, some ways in which they recharge and practice self care, the ideation behind Boogie’s latest album “More Black Superheroes” which addresses his relationship with mental well-being, as well as the importance for music labels and entertainment firms to incorporate mental wellness divisions for optimum success and creating safe and healthy environments, respectively.
The event concluded with a host of thought provoking questions from the audience as well as comments on how necessary these types of conversations are to not only the entertainment industry but for the black community to feel safe enough to receive help and encourage those around to evolve into their best self. “This panel was the first of many. So grateful that we’re in a time that we value mental health and wellness in entertainment and as an industry we are doing something about it”, Syreeta stated.