Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda Urges You To Be Open About Mental Health

'Talking to professionals can be very helpful'

RADIO.COM's special two-hour I’m Listening broadcast returns on Wednesday, September 23, as we join forces with artists, athletes, and individuals nationwide to showcase that talk has the power to save lives.

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“Mental health, anxiety, depression, suicide… These things were already being talked about so much before Chester passed away,” Linkin Park songwriter and solo artist Mike Shinoda previously told RADIO.COM.

“Now that I’m in this situation," he says, recalling the death of Chester Bennington, "one thing that I’ve learned is that ‘mental health’ is not a state of being."

“Think about it like something where you’ve got a scale of ‘how are you doing right now?’" he says. “So, there’s an awareness. Mental health is all about being aware of ‘how am I doing today?’ If you say on a scale of 1 to 10, ‘how healthy are you?’ – and that’s your state of mind. You don’t ever want to dip below a certain level.”

As you think about your own anxieties and mental health struggles, as well as those around you, Shinoda offers this advice:

“It should be cause for concern. It should be cause for action. That’s the thing I hope people do more often, be open about their communication about it… because the more you talk about that stuff, the more open you are about the things that are going on the less scary they are.”

“I know that it’s been super helpful to me to say to somebody, ‘I don’t know what it is, but today I just don’t feel good. I woke up feeling down.’ That just happens to people, even if they’re not in the situation that I’m in.”

And don’t forget, there are experts out there who have gone through a considerable amount of training on these very topics.

“On the other side of the spectrum, there are mental health professionals for a reason. I don’t know nearly what they know about how the brain works and how our emotions work. There are actually specific techniques that you could use to deal with problems that you might have, whether that be depression or OCD, or so many other things. There are actual tricks and things that you can incorporate into moments when you’re feeling bad. Talking to professionals can be very helpful."

More details about this year's broadcast will be revealed on September 9.

In the meantime, we'll continue to share moments from past I'm Listening shows here and at, with previous guests like Metallica, Disturbed, LogicHalsey, BTSShawn Mendes, Pearl Jam and more opening up about mental health.

We also invite you to share your story about your own journey with mental health. We will select some to be a part of this year's show.

Join us on Wednesday, September 23 for I’m Listening an evening filled with support, compassion, and community - right here and on the RADIO.COM app.

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