Erykah Badu

Erykah Badu helped to increase awareness to mental illness by posting a shocking self-portrait on

The 46-year-old singer/songwriter wrote an unintelligible caption under the image, which was “liked” by over 157,000 people.

According to recent studies, mental illness affects more people in the black community than any other race or nationality.

Technology and social media have opened the door to people with mental disabilities who are not equipped to handle online negativity.

Doctors fear that exposing mentally disordered people to social media only worsens their mental problems.

Badu, who has 3 teenagers with 3 rappers, is a vocal supporter of mental health issues.

“We don’t discuss mental illnesses enough but we do numb it,” she said at the fashion show of Kerby Jean-Richmond, who dedicated his show to mental awareness at New York Fashion Week in 2016.

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