Many of the most powerful conversations that have come out of RADIO.COM's I’m Listening initiative have come from the candid and vulnerable stories of our most beloved artists.
As we lead up to our September 23 broadcast of I’m Listening we wanted to reflect on the artists and musicians who continuously dedicate their efforts towards uplifting the mental health conversation.
The artists we’ve highlighted here have woven the idea that ‘talk has the power to save lives’ into their daily conversations and routines.
Selena has been doing the most recently. From collaborating with BLACKPINK to launching her new beauty line, to teaching us how to cook, Gomez has never stopped emphasizing the importance of discussing mental health. Gomez takes the matter so seriously that when she launched Rare Beauty the Rare Impact Fund was also launched in coordination with the new cosmetics brand. One percent of all the sales from Rare Beauty go directly to the fund that ensures mental health services for those who are underserved.
Aside from profoundly singing about his own mental health battles and working to end negative connotations around topics such as depression and OCD, Lauv is taking mental health awareness to new heights. After his diagnosis, the “I Like Me Better” singer launched the Blue Boy Foundation. Lauv’s foundation allows proceeds from streams and sales of his music to be distributed to various organizations that support mental health needs.
We are so grateful for Demi. She has always used her platform to be upfront about her triumphs and tribulations centered around her mental well-being. From singing about her struggles to posting about it on social media to speaking candidly in interviews, the “OK Not To Be OK” singer’s honesty has allowed so many others to feel like they are not alone in their own struggles. Lovato is living proof that talking about mental health and removing stigmas around discussing mental health truly saves lives.
When it comes to shedding light on bipolar disorder, Pete Wentz has made it a point to make this topic accessible. In the media, Wentz has constantly been a proponent of being able to “talk.” The Fall Out Boy singer has discussed his own experiences with therapy and advocates greatly around the idea that everyone is different when it comes to dealing with mental health.
In 2015, when Kendrick released the track “U” off of To Pimp a Butterfly, the rapper shared with the world that he has battled with depression and suicidal thinking. When Lamar opened up about these vulnerabilities, the rapper contributed to moving the needle in terms of how society understands the spectrum that mental health is comprised of.
The “Midnight Sky” singer has never been closed off about sharing her feelings and stories. This has been beneficial when it leads to conversations about mental health. Miley has constantly been candid about her battle with depression and topics around mental health. Cyrus’s Instagram TV series, Bright Minded has constantly sparked powerful conversations around the importance of our mental health state.
During the summer of 2020, Charli turned to music to document her ever-changing mental health status during some of the darkest moments of the pandemic. The singer and songwriter released How I’m Feeling Now, not only as a process of catharsis for herself but also for her global fanbase. Charli even enlisted the help of fans to create album art and participate in other crafty endeavors related to the DIY album. How I’m Feeling Now continues to be a creative outlet for those struggling with quarantine and the pandemic.
RADIO.COM’s I’m Listening initiative aims to encourage those who are dealing with mental health issues to understand they are not alone. If you or anyone you know is struggling with depression or anxiety, know that someone is always there. Additionally, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-273-8255.