On Wednesday, September 23 at 6PM, join us for the I’m Listening broadcast special as artists, athletes, and health professionals share their stories and help end the stigma about discussing mental health.
Leading up to this year’s broadcast, we’re offering a preview of some of the conversations we’ll be having with artists about the topic of mental health.
Thomas Rhett is one of Country music’s finest songwriters and every time he takes the pen to paper, he draws from personal experience and from the experience of those around him.
“I’ve gotten this comment a lot on social media, but even more so during this quarantine, during this pandemic. It’s been a lot of people commenting and saying, ‘hey I know you don’t know me, but your music has really helped me through a tough time,’” he told RADIO.COM
“To me that’s the biggest compliment I could ever receive,” Rhett added. “I can’t tell you how many songs we’ve tried to start and then someone says something like, ‘hey I’ve been going through this. I’d like to write something about this.’”
Part of the power of music is using it to relate to others. When Rhett puts out a song, he doesn’t know who it’s going to, but he feels inspired when someone out in the world can relate to it. Once his song “winds up on an album,” Rhett says “all of the sudden it ends up speaking to a lot of different people in the world that you have no idea who they are, but they really resonate with your personal story.”
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.