I'm Listening 2022: Looking back with Alanis Morisette

Revisiting wisdom from Alanis Morissette
Alanis Morissette
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Audacy, in partnership with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), is proud to present its sixth annual I’m Listening broadcast. Tune in Wednesday, September 21 from 6PM to 8PM via Audacy stations nationwide and free Audacy app.

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As we prepare for our 2022 broadcast, we're listening back to some of our all-star alumni guests whose mental health wisdom has continued to ring true as we surge forward.

During 2020’s special, Alanis Morisette shared her wisdom about stress and a human need for connection. As well as what she learned from lockdown and how she chooses to cope.

“Chronic stress is trauma, so I feel in some way we’re in this cesspool of trauma in a way because there’s the chronic stress of course. But also on top of that there’s death, weird-mageddon is happening, fires, being isolated from each other, you know we need each other to stay alive,” Morissette shared.

“We knew this about babies right, babies die if they don’t have love and connection in that attachment phase,” Alanis added. “But I would say the same is true for us as adults, if we don’t have that,” Alanis said, adding “we’re egregiously under-touched as a society,” before noting that during quarantine that was only heightened. Moving on to urge the importance of physical touch, “if you can, just non-sexually hold each other and touch each other.”

LISTEN NOW: Revisit our 2020 I'm Listening conversation with Alanis Morissette about stress, trauma, a need for connection and more

Morissette also reflected on her own practices, sharing, “self-care has always been really important to me. I haven’t always been great at it, and I believe in the resilience of our beings. I believe that our birthright is a general sense of well-being….”

The Jagged Little Pill icon also reflected on what she learned during her time in lockdown, realizing that her own psyche is multifaceted. She noted that there were parts of her that “loved being home” having downtime with her family, while in other moments she felt “depleted,” and hated not being able to travel for her career.

The way Morissette copes with all these facets is often by talking to the “depressed part” of her mind while also acknowledging the “excited part.” Admitting, “I ask these parts to talk with me, so it’s this internal dialoguing…. for me it’s a really quick process of saying ‘how are you trying to help? What wisdom do you have? What do you need me to do? What action can I take on your behalf?”

Be sure to check out this year’s I'm Listening broadcast on Wednesday, September 21 at 6PM on your favorite Audacy station -- and in the free Audacy app. The event will feature artists, athletes, and experts sharing honest conversation about their personal experiences with mental health in a continued effort to raise awareness and support.

I’m Listening is Audacy’s commitment to deliver more mental health conversations, resources, and pathways to help. If you are experiencing mental health needs, know that you are not alone. If you are in crisis, help is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call or text 988 to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Talk Saves Lives. Find a full list of additional resources here.

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