DETROIT, Michigan — Grammy-award-winning, platinum-selling recording artist Royce 5’9″ announced his charity “The Ryan Montgomery Foundation” on Wednesday October 14 at Hart Plaza in Detroit, Michigan.
For his first initiative, he partners with NAMI, Michigan (The National Alliance On Mental Illness), and CNS Healthcare, both based in Detroit.
Ryan Montgomery Foundation
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Huge respect to @Royceda59 for starting this foundation
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The Ryan Montgomery Foundation’s mission is to empower underprivileged communities through advocacy, education, and personal enrichment by implementing sustainable community programs that give individuals and families access to resources and opportunities needed to achieve their fullest potential.
As a person of color who has seen a therapist for many years now, I know how important it is to talk about your issues with an unbiased mental health care professional. My people often think seeking a therapist is taboo. It’s my mission to dispel that myth and give light to those who believe there is no way out of the darkness,” states Royce 5’9.
In addition to the announcement, there were scheduled live performances by Ashley Sorrell (Royce’s Heaven Records signee), Forever Gold, Youth United, and Sister Poet.
Speakers included: Royce 5’9″, Mouchette Muhammad (Ryan Montgomery Foundation), Kevin Fischer (NAMI), Michael Garrett (CNS), Dr. Michele Leno (Mind Matters), and Marcus Harris (DPD)
“NAMI Michigan is excited to collaborate with international recording artist, Royce 5″9′. His transparency and celebrity, combined with his passion to raise mental health awareness, specifically in communities of color, will have an incredible impact on our mission to eliminate the stigma associated with seeking mental healthcare, which we consider the leading barrier to the early diagnoses and treatment that leads to better outcomes. His advocacy is needed and sincerely appreciated,” states Kevin Fischer, Executive Director of NAMI Michigan.