By WJAM-99.9 JAMZ Tampa, Sep 3 2019 03:05PM
Halsey, Lizzo, Shawn Mendes and Tegan and Sara are among the artists taking part in “I’m Listening,” a radio program that aims to raise mental health awareness. The two-hour, commercial-free broadcast special will air on 235 Entercom stations on September 8th – the beginning of National Suicide Prevention Week – at 7 a.m. local time.
Blink-182, Disturbed and numerous athletes, first responders and mental health professionals will also take part in the special, with listeners participating via live call-in and an interactive website.
Lizzo has been candid about her struggles with mental health on social media, writing on Instagram in June, “I’m depressed and there’s no one I can talk to because there’s nothing anyone can do about it. Life hurts.”
Following an outpouring of support, Lizzo posted the following day, “I learned in the last 24hrs that being emotionally honest can save your life. Reaching out may be hard but as soon as I did it, I was immediately covered in love. I used to think of sadness as a constant with fleeting moments of joy in between… but it’s a wave.”
“When I opened up about my mental health episode a few months ago, I was triggered like I normally am, and honestly it’s happened to me a bunch, and I’ve opened up on the internet about it a bunch… I just didn’t have a million followers when I did it, so it didn’t connect with as many people as it did this time,” Lizzo said in a video for “I’m Listening.”
“I think issues around identity and mental health are intrinsically linked,” Sara Quin of Tegan and Sara said in a statement of the double stigmas around health and discrimination in the LGBTQ community.