Mike Shinoda, Jared Leto Front Year-Long Suicide Prevention Campaign
"I hope that sharing my personal story, in music and conversation, helps open up the door to new discussions and awareness about mental health," said the Linkin Park frontman.
American radio network Entercom has launched its second annual "I'm Listening" campaign.
A multi-platform, year-long campaign focused on suicide prevention and mental health awareness, Rolling Stone has reported that "I'm Listening" will kick off with a two-hour special on September 9 -- the beginning of National Suicide Prevention Week.
Celebrities will share personal stories about their experiences with mental health struggles and suicide, and listeners will be able to call in to speak with medical experts. After the special, the campaign will launch suicide prevention PSAs, as well as a website with resources and information on mental health awareness.
Set to participate in the campaign this year are Linkin Park frontman Mike Shinoda, as well as 30 Seconds to Mars frontman/actor Jared Leto, who lost their friend Chester Bennington to suicide in July 2017.
Also involved in the campaign are Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready and Stone Gossard, Stone Temple Pilots, Alessia Cara, Third Eye Blind’s Stephan Jenkins, Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale, Brantley Gilbert, Bebe Rexha, Charlie Puth, former NFL player Barret Robbins and Nothing But Thieves’ Conor Mason.
Shinoda, who's currently on tour with his solo debut album Post Traumatic, which deals with the "journey out of grief and darkness" that followed his bandmate's death, released a statement about his participation in the campaign, saying:
“In most parts of the world, suicide claims more lives than war, murder and natural disasters combined. I hope that sharing my personal story, in music and conversation, helps open up the door to new discussions and awareness about mental health.”
Alessia Cara also released a statement in support of the campaign, saying:
“I’ve recently dealt with anxiety -- and understand what it was. I definitely want to reach as many people as I can, and will do so by partnering with Entercom and so many influential names connected to the cause. Hopefully, if I talk about mental health, it’ll help other people to talk about it… we’re all a lot more similar than we think we are.”
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