I'm Listening 2021: Alumni Brad Schultz of Cage the Elephant on learning to work through differences

'One of the lessons I've learned is just the way the human mind compiles information, processes that information'
Matt Shultz of Cage the Elephant
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Audacy is proud to announce our fifth annual I’m Listening special happening on Thursday, September 23 at 6PM on all Audacy stations and on the Audacy appI’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. Once a year we pause on every Audacy station across the country to demonstrate that it’s okay not to be OK.

As we prepare for our 2021 broadcast, we're listening back to some of our 2020 all-star guests whose mental health wisdom has continued to ring true as we surge forward.

During last year's special, Cage The Elephant's Brad Schultz a musician and father, explained to host Christine that, "One of the lessons I've learned is just the way the human mind compiles information, processes that information, and then the way that that information builds positive aspects of you or negative aspects of you. You can see it in a child in real-time -- and it's mind-blowing," Schultz admits. "It's not like, magical powers in front of your face -- but in a way it is. Then you can actually look back and see different things in your life and the way that has instilled certain things within yourself."

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With parenting and self-help both living on opposite sides of the same coin, learning, knowing, and understanding certain emotions and how to live with them can go a long way. For Schultz, he sees these lessons being taught to his daughter at a young age in her school, which has a "Peace Table" set aside for squabbling students to work through their differences within a set of rules. "It's so crazy that it's that simple to work out some disagreements, but as adults, we somehow forget that. His daughter eventually built her own "Peace Table" at home, and asked her dad to sit down for a chat. Lesson LEARNED!

Be a part of the conversation, submit your own I'm Listening mental health story. Use your words to continue the conversation around the importance of mental health.

To keep up with the artists that create music that feeds our minds and keeps the I’m Listening initiative powered, check out Audacy’s I’m Listening Mental Health Mix. With tracks from Demi Lovato to Pearl Jam, this Exclusive Station keeps your mood in mind. Listen now!

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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.

Don’t miss Audacy’s I’m Listening broadcast debuting on Thursday, September 23 at 6PM on your favorite Audacy station and in the Audacy app.

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