Jewel on mental health in America: ‘It’s obvious that people are suffering’

‘The mental health numbers are grim’
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Since battling some of life’s biggest challenges on her own after moving out at the age of 15, singer-songwriter Jewel has made it a priority to support today’s youth by providing them the tools to break vicious cycles and prioritize mental health.

LISTEN NOW: Jewel shares her insight on grim mental health numbers in the United States

Jewel has done this through her Inspiring Children Foundation which focuses on providing kids the tools to succeed physically, emotionally and mentally.

“When I moved out at 15, I knew statistically, kids like me repeat the cycle and it was very depressing to feel like there was no way out for me,” she shared. “If I was raised with a bad, emotional language, how do you learn another one? There’s no school for it. Thats the interesting thing about misery is it’s inherited.”

She continued, “It’s an emotional language that gets passed on, just like abuse does. If you want to learn to not be miserable, the key word is learn — that’s an education, education costs money and not everybody has access and that’s really unacceptable. It’s unacceptable that happiness might be accessible to some people and not others.”

As mental health issues have continued to rise throughout America, Jewel has broadened her reach over the last seven years to supply people of all ages and in all parts of the world with helpful tools through her website

“We’ve been in the midst of a mental health pandemic, I think, for quite a long time,” she said. “It was easier to just not see it… enough people were doing good. I think with COVID, we’re seeing everybody was in enough pain they’re going ‘What are we doing?’ … The mental health numbers are grim… It’s obvious that people are suffering.”

She continued, “I have a free website people can go to if they want to learn some of these really simple practices and sort of the science behind why they work,” she said. “A free mental health website with very simple mental health exercises and an incredible community of people and lots of activities; yoga classes virtually and book clubs and things.”

Find out more here.

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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