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.