I'm Listening 2022: Former NFL star Ricky Williams shares his 'core' mental health question

Williams will be a part of this year's broadcast on Wednesday September 21
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Audacy, in partnership with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), is proud to present its sixth annual I’m Listening broadcast. Tune in Wednesday, September 21 from 6PM to 8PM local time via Audacy stations nationwide and the free Audacy app.

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This year's I'm Listening event will feature artists, athletes, and experts sharing honest conversations about their personal experiences with mental health in a continued effort to raise awareness and support. Because talk saves lives.

As former NFL running back Ricky Williams looks back on his own personal struggles, he has found "the core" to his own comfort revolves around one question: "It all comes down to, 'Are you happy or are you unhappy?'" he says, in a preview to his discussion this Wednesday. "A lot of the negative parts of mental health, are people who are unhappy trying to figure out and find ways to feel better," he adds.

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"I was unhappy," Williams -- real name Errick Miron -- admits, now retired from the game after playing 11 seasons in the NFL and one season in Canada's CFL. "For sure, especially early on in my career, my mental health was not good... It wasn't good."

Hear more from Ricky Williams during our sixth annual I’m Listening broadcast happening on Wednesday, September 21 from 6PM to 8PM local time on Audacy stations nationwide and in the free Audacy app.

Other guests in this year’s broadcast -- hosted again by Carson Daly and Dr. Alfiee M. Breland-Noble -- include Ed Sheeran, Adele, NFL star Dak Prescott, Lizzo, Maren Morris, Charlie Puth, and sportscaster Stephen A. Smith. Additionally, AFSP’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Christine Moutier, will be joining Katie Neal, host of Audacy’s nationally syndicated Katie + Company, in-studio for the event responding to listener questions and stories with real-time advice.

Stay tuned for more ways you can get involved, and be sure to join us for our special I'm Listening broadcast on Wednesday, September 21 at 6PM on your favorite Audacy station -- and in the free Audacy app.

I’m Listening is Audacy’s commitment to deliver more mental health conversations, resources, and pathways to help. If you are experiencing mental health needs, know that you are not alone. If you are in crisis, help is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call or text 988 to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Talk Saves Lives. Find a full list of additional resources here.

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