I'm Listening: Why 'Movement Is Medicine' for James Arthur

The singer shares his own struggles and his tips for working through them

James Arthur 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.

The “Say You Won’t Let Go” singer has suffered from panic attacks and physical symptoms of anxiety for a long time, but over the years he has found his own methods to overcome.

“In the early stages of having panic attacks, I didn’t have any idea how to combat these feelings,” Arthur explains in the preview above. “A lot of the times when we feel a lot of things internally, we can’t move, we’re sort of rooted to the spot. We’re scared to get up and move around. But at some point I discovered how profound the effects of exercise can be. Just going for a long walk and just moving around. Movement is medicine.”

“I can’t tell you how powerful it can be to do that,” Arthur adds. “Just try to get yourself up out of your seat and get out and get some fresh air and walk. You’ll sort through those irrational thoughts that you might have going on.”

At 7 AM local time on September 8 on your favorite RADIO.COM station, you can call-in live and join artists like James Arthur, athletes, and medical professionals for an in-depth conversation about mental health and suicide prevention.

“Express how you feel,” Arthur says, noting how important it is to ask for help. “Talk to people. Talk to somebody and let them know what’s going on in your head. The chances are they understand.”

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.

For more information on this year’s broadcast, visit ImListening.org.