Shinedown says ‘nothing is off the table’ in their mental health discussions

'We are open enough and man enough to talk to each other'
Shinedown's Brent Smith and Zach Myers
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Shinedown knows just how important support is when it comes to mental health-related issues and they’re encouraging everyone to do their part to watch out for one another.

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In a recent conversation surrounding Audacy’s I’m Listening initiative, the group’s Barry Kerch opened up about his good friend, and the band’s bass player, Eric Bass and explained how the guys support him through the struggles of his bipolar disorder.

“It's no secret that Eric our bass player suffers from severe bipolar depression. So, we make the joke, 'which Eric are we getting today?' But if it wasn't for us lifting him up, he'd go to a really, really dark place... and vice-versa... We're still a brotherhood where we're family and we actually still get along and love each other. We are open enough and man enough to talk to each other... there's nothing off the table with us."

The group’s Zach Myers added, “talking to these guys is what does it… This tour, my mental health was in low power mode… I got myself pulled out of it by these guys and it was so amazing.”

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 988.

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