Audacy’s fifth annual “I’m Listening” mental health awareness program will air across the company’s 230 radio stations on Thursday, Sept. 23 from 6-8pm. The live national broadcast, which will also stream on the Audacy streaming platform and app, brings together artists, athletes and medical specialists for conversations about mental health.
Billie Eilish, Lil Nas X, Lizzo, Shakira, Justin Bieber, Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kevin Love, Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello and Bleachers’ Jack Antonoff are among those participating.
“We recognize we are trusted companions and loyal friends to our listeners – we know the power of talk can save lives. Our I’m Listening platform meets people where they are and provides a safe space for them to talk about mental health,” Senior VP of Programming Dave Richards said in a release. “Many of us have been affected by mental health issues either personally or through family and friends. By using the power of talk, we amplify the personal mental health stories of artist and celebrity influencers through our platform and shift the norm of talking about these issues.”
The “I’m Listening” program began in 2017 in response to the premature death by suicide of Chris Cornell of Soundgarden and has grown into a yearlong commitment to mental health. This year, Audacy is partnering with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to promote the organization’s World Suicide Prevention Day on Sept. 10.
The special will be co-hosted by radio and TV personality Carson Daly and Dr. Alfiee M. Breland-Noble, a psychologist, author, scientist and founder of mental health nonprofit the AAKOMA Project.
“I am honored to share the I'm Listening stage with Carson Daly and the Audacy team in support of mental health awareness,” Breland-Noble remarked. “We each have the power to lift our voices and bring mental health conversations from the margins to the center. Each time that we see, hear and value the mental health needs of all people, we positively change and save lives.”
“I’m Listening” is a part of Audacy Serves, the company’s social impact program that aims to raise awareness of social issues and bring communities together for good.