Rapper Travis Scott has pledged to fund memorial services for the victims of the Astroworld tragedy, which killed eight people and injured at least 25 on Friday at a Houston music festival.
In addition to covering the costs of the funeral, Scott is also partnering with online mental health provider BetterHelp and the Cactus Jack Foundation in Houston to offer a month of free therapy to survivors and others affected by the incident.
A press release from Scott’s advertising group on Monday called the effort “the first of many steps Travis plans to take, as part of his personal vow, to help those affected throughout the process of grieving and recovery.”
The announcement also mentions that hitmaker Sicko Mode is partnering with psychiatric organizations such as NAMI, MHA National and MHA of Greater Houston to provide additional resources to those affected by Friday’s events.
To access a month of free consultation with a licensed therapist, Astroworld members and others must complete a mental health survey on the BetterHelp website.
NAMI Houston has also established a national hotline that can be reached at (844) 256-2641, Monday through Friday, 10:00 am to 10:00 pm ET.
The hotline will direct callers to BetterHelp and “provide access to a variety of counseling services, psychoeducation, community healing circles, support groups and other related services.”
In several statements made over the weekend, Scott said he was “devastated” by the deadly situation that unfolded at Astroworld, when a wave of crowds left concertgoers unconscious, trampled, struggled to breathe and began to stop. hearts.
He has since pledged to return all Astroworld tickets and reportedly pulled out of the Day N Vegas music festival this weekend. Numerous lawsuits have already been filed against the Goosebumps artist in connection with the Astroworld disaster.
“I just want to send out prayers to those who disappeared last night. We’re actually working right now to identify their families so we can help them through this difficult time, ”Scott said Saturday in a series of videos posted to his Instagram story.
“My fans really mean the world to me and I always want to leave them with a positive experience. And every time I could make out something that was going on, I would stop the show and help them get the help they needed. I never could have imagined the severity of the situation. “