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 app. I’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.
When we spoke to I’m Listening alumni and Bon Jovi frontman Jon Bon Jovi, he spoke about being in an interesting time where, "we all had to stop running on the treadmill," as the emergence of the coronavirus took its toll on everyone's personal and professional lives. "We all had to stop chasing things just for the sake of chasing them."
"I know at least I was guilty of 'work, work, work, work, work... Run, run, run, run, run,'" Bon Jovi admits. "'Where do I gotta go? What do I gotta do? How can I do it better?' The pandemic forced us all to re-evaluate life and what that meant. So, there's a new simplicity and complexity -- and for some, it's been a peaceful time. Others granted, that have lost a loved one or lost a job, there's a lot of turmoil."
"In another way," Jon continues, "it's also helped us define that after we breathe in and breathe out... everything else, we're lucky to have it."
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 Billie Eilish to Demi Lovato to Pearl Jam, this Exclusive Station keeps your mood in mind. Listen now!
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.