Jonathan Davis has been tested. The frontman for Korn has handled his own struggles with mental health, helped fans around the world as an advocate, and last year was faced with the death of his estranged wife, after years of battling addiction and mental illness.
It’s been a tough trip, but Davis and his bandmate Brian “Head” Welch know that the path forward starts with asking for help.
“First, go get help. The thing that happens when you’re depressed or you’re going through mental health issues is you like to try to self-medicate,” acknowledges Davis. “People I know that are really hurting inside usually become an alcoholic or a drug addict, and that’s because they’re trying to hide things that are going on. The best thing that you can do is try to go get some help and go talk to someone.”
Korn will be a part of I’m Listening on Sunday September 8, as all Entercom radio stations across the country will mark the start of National Suicide Prevention Week with a special two-hour commercial-free broadcast dedicated to ending the stigma of talking about mental health.
“Things that I can say that help me is like, getting up and taking walks,” Davis continues. “Exercising. That stuff kind of helps with depression.” Whether it’s the gym or the church or anywhere in-between, the singer urges everyone to get into something that gets you out of bed and “gives you purpose.”
At 7 AM local time on September 8 on your favorite RADIO.COM station, you can call-in live and join artists like Korn, athletes, and medical professionals for an in-depth conversation about mental health and suicide prevention. Prior to Sunday’s show, please SHARE YOUR STORY on how mental health or suicide has impacted your life. Select stories will be included in the broadcast.
“There’s a stigma around it, and people try to hide it that they’re hurting. Tell someone. A lot of people are compassionate and will help. Don’t feel that you’re alone,” Davis urges. “I felt I was alone and I tried to hide it a lot, what was going on with me and stuff in my head. Get help.”
“Know that you’re not alone and there is help out there.”