Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds will be joining Audacy for our fifth annual I'm Listening special happening on Thursday, September 23 at 6PM on all Audacy stations and in the Audacy app. In this preview, Dan explains his thoughts about why people tend to focus more on physical health, rather than their own mental health.
"It's just been stigmatized so much," says Reynolds. "Growing up as a child of the '90s... even just ten years ago was much more embarrassing to say, 'I go to therapy.' When I was in middle school, if you went to therapy and you talked about it, it was like, you were beat up. You're made fun of, you're picked on. The second I went to therapy, I kept it to myself."
"I didn't want to go for the exact same reason," he admits. "And also I didn't want to acknowledge to myself that there was something that I needed to work on... Or something that maybe was broken."
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, and once a year we pause on every Audacy station across the country to show it's okay not to be OK.
This year's I’m Listening will be hosted by Carson Daly (NBC’s Today show and The Voice) as well as pioneering psychologist and author, Dr. Alfiee M. Breland-Noble (The AAKOMA Project). Our star-studded guest lineup includes conversations with Billie Eilish, Lil Nas X, Lizzo, Doja Cat, Shakira, Justin Bieber, Cleveland Cavaliers' Kevin Love, Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello, Jack Antonoff, and more.
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.
This year I’m Listening has partnered with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to further support mental health initiatives and provide expert medical health access as we continue to navigate maintaining the intersection of mental and physical health in the age of COVID-19.
Audacy is committed to supporting the health and success of the communities that are the heart of its business. I’m Listening 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, 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.
Stay tuned for more ways you can get involved, and be sure to join us for our special I'm Listening broadcast, Thursday, September 23 at 6PM on your favorite Audacy station and in the Audacy app.