In honor of Mental Health Day yesterday, Juice WRLD's mother, Carmella Wallace, launched the official website for the Live Free 999 Fund – a charitable organization that aims to help youth struggling with mental illnesses. To mark the occasion, Wallace also penned a powerful open letter about her son.
It's been about 10 months since Juice — birth name Jarad Anthony Higgins — died of an accidental drug overdose. Wallace reflected on her relationship with her deceased son, recalling everything from his love for music to his struggles with addiction, anxiety, and depression.
“Jarad and I often had frank discussions about his struggles with addiction, anxiety, and depression,” she wrote. “I think he felt comfortable being honest with me because I never judged him. I recognized that what Jarad was dealing with was a disease and I know he truly wanted to be free from the demons that tormented him. As a parent, I believed early on and supported Jarad having access to counseling. I encouraged him to always share his feelings."
"I launched Live Free 999 so that perhaps his death could mean something for other mothers whose sons and daughters are dealing with the same kinds of issues that my son struggled with. My message to the parents and children is simple. You do not have to suffer alone. You do not have to be ashamed of your mental health struggles. There is help. There is a way out."
Live Free 999's mission statement is to “support programs that provide preventative measures and positive avenues to address mental health challenges and substance dependency.”
To learn more about Live Free 999, visit its newly launched website.