Hunter Hayes reveals his personal journey towards mental health

Hayes is ready to de-stigmatize mental health conversations
Hunter Hayes
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Hunter Hayes has found freedom after addressing his own mental health issues and now he’s ready to share the power of getting help with others as an official One Mind Champion ambassador.

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One Mind is a non-profit organization that strives to “accelerate collaborative research and advocacy to enable all individuals facing brain health challenges to build healthy, productive lives.”

As a One Mind Champion ambassador, Hunter will share his personal experiences surrounding mental health in an effort to “reduce stigma, raise awareness, and empower others to share their own stories.”

In support of the organization, Hayes also joined podcast host Brian Waves for a discussion on loneliness, which proved to be a major mental health struggle for many among the COVID-19 pandemic. In on the discussion, alongside Waves and Hayes, was Harvard Medical School Professor and Founder of the Unlonely Project, Dr. Jeremy Nobel as well as Pop artist, JoJo.

Hayes partially credits downtime during the COVID-19 pandemic for inspiring to him speak up and de-stigmatize conversations surrounding mental health.

“I think it invited me to share more of my story, share more of the things I worked through,” Hayes shared in an interview with ET’s Cassie DiLaura. “It also felt safe, because I think before, I may have been a little hesitant to share as much of my story as I do now. Because you're always worried, I was always worried that, I didn't want people to have a negative attachment to the conversation about mental health."

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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.

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