September is a month of a lot of significance… kids returning to school, the beginning of fall and most importantly being known as Suicide Awareness Month. Each year, more than 41,000 individuals die by suicide, leaving behind their friends and family members to navigate the tragedy of loss. In many cases, friends and families affected by a suicide loss, often deemed “suicide loss survivors”, are left in the dark. Too often the feelings of shame and stigma prevent those struggling to feel comfortable in talking openly about their issues.
To lower the huge social stigma in suicide awareness and prevention, many organizations across the globe fight daily to make it their mission to allow those to “speak freely” in safe environments and give them the support of others in the community. In recent news, the campaign “I’m Listening” is gaining major support, including some famous musicians. “I’m Listening” is an initiative created by broadcast company Entercom, which will include a two-hour radio special airing live from Seattle on World Suicide Prevention Day, September 10th, at 10 a.m. ET on all Entercom platforms. The main broadcast goal is to focus on breaking the stigma attached to discussions about mental health, and include some major musical artists in their conversation such as Passion Pit‘s Michael Angelakos, Alice in Chains‘ William DuVall, Bleachers‘ Jack Antonoff, Khalid, Disturbed‘s David Draiman, Nirvana‘s Krist Novoselic, Metallica and Halsey.
The broadcast will include the musicians own stories and advice, which they aim to help anyone who would be listening in their own struggles, and also feature discussions on how to talk with friends and family about mental health, what to do if someone you know is struggling with depression and how to get involved with suicide prevention efforts. Krist Novoselic added about the importance of the broadcast stating, “Mental health conditions are underrated and I’m pleased to be part of the I’m Listening campaign to help educate the community.”
Keep up with news on the Entercom “I’m Listening” campaign |Here|, check out the National Suicide Prevention Month web page |Here| and if yourself or you know anyone who is struggling with depression/suicidal thoughts, reach out to the Suicide Prevention Hotline (1-800-237-8255) |Here|.