Alessia Cara, Mike Shinoda, Jared Leto & More Join 'I'm Listening' Broadcast for Mental Health Awareness & Suicide Prevention

Alessia Cara
Brick Howze

Alessia Cara

On Monday (Aug. 27) morning, Entercom announced a live, commercial-free broadcast special to raise awareness around mental health and suicide prevention as a part of its I'm Listening campaign.

The Sept. 9 broadcast will feature numerous music, film and sports luminaries, including Mike McCready and Stone Gossard of Pearl Jam, Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps, Mike Shinoda of Linkin ParkAlessia Cara, Academy Award-winning actor and Thirty Seconds to Mars frontman Jared Leto, Bebe RexhaCharlie PuthStone Temple Pilots, Stephan Jenkins of Third Eye Blind and more. Hosted by Seattle KISW-FM personality BJ Shea, the show will also feature clinical psychologist and CEO Dr. Ursula Whiteside and Dr. Chris Nowinksi, co-founder and executive director of Concussion Legacy Foundation.

“In my forthcoming album The Pains of Growing, I touch on being lost and lonely and stuck inside my head,” said "Growing Pains" singer Alessia Cara. “I’ve recently dealt with anxiety – and understand what it was. 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.”

After Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington died in 2017, bandmate Mike Shinoda released his first solo album, Post Traumatic, about the "journey out of grief and darkness." Says Shinoda, “In most parts of the world, suicide claims more lives than war, murder and natural disasters combined. I hope that sharing my personal story, in music and conversation, helps open up the door to new discussions and awareness about mental health.”

The broadcast will air across Entercom stations nationwide on Sept. 9 (at 7 a.m. local time) and on live streams via the app as part of National Suicide Prevention Week. The special will feature call-in opportunities as well as an interactive website for listeners to share their stories and seek resources. For more information about the I'm Listening campaign, visit their website here.

Last year, the broadcast featured HalseyLogic and iconic rock band Metallica, who spoke out about their experiences with mental illness and what fans can do to help themselves. The metal quartet spoke about how suicidal thinking can happen to anyone and how "talking about it is the most important thing." Bassist Robert Trujillo reminded fans, "It's not a sign of weakness to see a doctor when you are depressed." 

If you or someone you know is going through a crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741-741.

Check out Metallica's I'm Listening video below.