MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The death of rap star and beloved Memphian Young Dolph Wednesday has shaken our community to its core. As friends, family and fans mourn his death, a non-profit wants you to know there are resources available to help you get through this trying time.
FOX13 talked to several people who are shocked and devastated by the death of Young Dolph. A local non-profit that offers mental health counseling said their doors are open. And, they’re ready to assist.
”Yeah, I’m very upset. I send a prayer up for his family and children,” said Andreka Ramsey, fan.
Andreka Ramsey said when she learned of Young Dolph’s death she became physically sick, throwing up.
”Memphis really took a loss today. It’s heartbreaking. I feel sick,” said Ramsey.
Fans may not have known Young Dolph personally, but developed a relationship with him through his music.
”To make it big, come home and have to worry about something like this in your own city. It’s a shame. It’s just sad,” said fan Darius Wallace.
While many navigate their feelings surrounding Young Dolph’s death, Tennessee Voices, a non-profit that offers free mental health counseling, is open to those in need.
”We look up to celebrities for a lot of inspiration. And, it’s a secondary trauma we experience,” said Will Voss ofTN Voices.
Voss said it’s normal to grieve the loss of a celebrity.
“Educate yourself on the signs and symptoms of mental health. Be able to recognize when something may be a little off. And, also let your children know you’re a listening ear. And, a supporter,” said Voss. Reach out for help if you notice you have high anxiety, isolate yourself from others or no longer enjoy doing certain activities.”
Hopefully, we can heal and come together. And, I hope God keep his family close,” said Ramsey.
You can reach TN Voices by calling their hotline at 1-800-670-9882 or going to their website here.
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