I'm Listening 2021 Preview: Zak Williams shares tips for handling grief

Join Zak and more during our fifth annual 'I'm Listening' special on Thursday, September 23 at 6PM
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Zak Williams will be joining Audacy for our fifth annual I'm Listening special happening on Thursday, September 23 at 6PM on all Audacy stations and on the Audacy app.

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Ahead of our broadcast this Thursday, Robin Williams’ son, Zak, spoke candidly about positive ways to deal with grief.

The first step Williams lists are being able to do a self-assessment, deciphering how you feel in the moment, determining long-term feelings, and identifying anything that is bothersome.

He adds that once these feelings and issues are identified, it’s important to use those tools “as a blueprint to understand what it is you need for yourself. Do you need therapy? Do you need to connect with people? Are you feeling lonely? Are you traumatized from an experience and what would it take to actually get to the next stage for you in terms of healing?”

Zak also adds, “really getting a deeper understanding of one’s self is really a great first step.”

I’m Listening is a 365-day-a-year initiative that aims to encourage those who are dealing with mental health issues to understand they are not alone, and once a year we pause on every Audacy station across the country to show it's okay not to be OK.

This year's I’m Listening will be hosted by Carson Daly (NBC’s Today show and The Voice) as well as pioneering psychologist and author, Dr. Alfiee M. Breland-Noble (The AAKOMA Project). Our star-studded guest lineup includes conversations with Billie EilishLil Nas XLizzoDoja CatShakiraJustin Bieber, Cleveland Cavaliers' Kevin LoveRage Against the Machine’s Tom MorelloJack Antonoff, and more.

Audacy'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.

This year I’m Listening has partnered with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to further support mental health initiatives and provide expert medical health access as we continue to navigate maintaining the intersection of mental and physical health in the age of COVID-19.

Audacy is committed to supporting the health and success of the communities that are the heart of its business. I’m Listening 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, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741-741. You can also find more resources here.

Stay tuned for more ways you can get involved, and be sure to join us for our special I'm Listening broadcast, Thursday, September 23 at 6PM on your favorite Audacy station and in the Audacy app.

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