Stone Temple Pilots & Pearl Jam Announce Suicide Prevention Event

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Rolling Stone reports that Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready and Stone Gossard, Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda, Stone Temple Pilots, Alessia Cara, 30 Seconds to Mars’ Jared Leto, Third Eye Blind’s Stephan Jenkins, Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale, Brantley Gilbert, Bebe Rexha, Charlie Puth, former NFL player Barret Robbins, and Nothing But Thieves’ Conor Mason will participate in the second-annual suicide prevention and mental health awareness campaign “I’m Listening.” Radio network Entercom organized the multi-platform initiative, which will feature a two-hour broadcast special airing live on Sunday, September 9th at 7 a.m. in each time zone and via the Radio.com app, to mark the launch of National Suicide Prevention Week.

Shinoda, in a statement, said he presented a “journey out of grief and darkness” with his recently issued debut solo LP, Post Traumatic, which followed the suicide of his Linkin Park bandmate Chester Bennington. “In most parts of the world, suicide claims more lives than war, murder and natural disasters combined,” the vocalist said. “I hope that sharing my personal story, in music and conversation, helps open up the door to new discussions and awareness about mental health.”

Cara noted that she touches on “being lost and lonely and stuck inside [her] head” on her upcoming LP The Pains of Growing. “I’ve recently dealt with anxiety – and understand what it was,” she said. “I definitely want to reach as many people as I can, and will do so by partnering with Entercom and so many influential names connected to the cause. Hopefully, if I talk about mental health, it’ll help other people to talk about it… we’re all a lot more similar than we think we are.”

Watch video of Stone Gossard and Mike McCready discussing “I’m Listening” below.

  • Stone Gossardish

    This effort suggests that Stone and Mike are still deep in the process of processing what happened to their band ToTD and their friend Chris Cornell here 15 months later.

  • Kay B

    This is fantastic. Not all scars are visible. The US needs to take a serious look at the mental health in this country. Suicides and mass shootings are on the rise and we have a president who only cares about himself and his money. Orange Lies Matter…….We need to let people from all walks of life know they have a place to go and people to talk to when they aren’t mentally well and/or suicidal. I’m tired of the “thoughts and prayers” that are tweeted out by the people running this country every time there is a suicide or mass shooting. Why are we paying $73 million dollars for Trump to golf? He spent 123 days golfing so far.(23% of his days in office). Meanwhile people can’t get education,healthcare or mental care. That money should be going to mental health facilities. Or how about this? Every time there is a mass shooting and an AR-15 is used the NRA has to dish out millions for mental health care. They can afford it. If they want those types of guns out in public they can pay for mental health clinics and they should pay for the medical bills of the victims in these shootings. The recent shooter in Jacksonville was hospitalized for mental health issues twice before buying a 9mm that killed two people. He passed all NRA back ground checks. Think about it.

    • Trovoid

      You’ve verbalized many of my own feelings. You have a beautiful mind, Kay B.

      • Kay B

        Thank you Trovoid.

  • Matt G

    Too all those involved and all those promoting the event – thank you for keeping it going.