This Sunday (Sept. 8) during a two-hour, commercial-free broadcast on Entercom radio stations, a diverse array of artists -- Shawn Mendes, Lizzo, Halsey, Skillet, Blink-182, Tegan & Sara, Michael Ray and Disturbed -- are speaking out in order to raise awareness around mental health. The 'I'm Listening' live broadcast, which marks the beginning of National Suicide Prevention Week, will span more than 235 stations as well as live stream on Radio.com.
"The title track to our new album Victorious was influenced by Chester Bennington,” Skillet’s John Cooper tells Billboard of their involvement in the event. “I was really down after he died by suicide and I spent significant time researching depression online. The lyrics on this song in particular… I wanted to help anyone who may have felt similar feelings – and send a message of hope. As a band we’ve always been about motivational messages. And now we’re eager to carry that message beyond Entercom’s awesome rock stations -- but to ALL of their radio stations and digital platforms in the country through their ‘I’m Listening’ initiative. We never got to tour with Linkin Park, but I hope ‘Victorious’ will #MakeChesterProud."
“Mental health and suicide prevention is a year-round initiative at Entercom and we are doing our part to end the stigma by encouraging people to talk,” says Pat Paxton, chief programming officer, Entercom, “Like millions of others, my family has been impacted by mental health issues and the effect it has on friends and families is devastating. 'I’m Listening' is when our vast network of radio stations and digital platforms unite on the same day, at the same time, to ultimately save lives. If we help just one person, our time will have been well spent.”