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It’s crucial for people living with mental health
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The musical community is uniquely positioned to elevate the conversation on mental health, as it has an unparalleled ability to connect to the hearts of others and catalyze change. Musical events strengthen community, build empathy, and most importantly have the capacity to inspire action. As the world takes the necessary precautions to combat COVID-19, members of the music industry have been faced with cancelled tours, festivals, and recordings, adding unprecedented financial and emotional stress to musicians’ lives as well. We’ve partnered with Sound Mind to amplify musicians’ voices as they speak openly about their mental health and how they have found healing through the power of music. There is no single right way to practice self-care; we encourage you to find your own creative outlet to aid in your mental health journey.

Sound Mind Live’s Come Together is a virtual music festival that will take place on 10/8 in celebration of World Mental Health Day on 10/10.

The musical community is uniquely positioned to elevate the conversation on mental health, as it has an unparalleled ability to connect to the hearts of others and catalyze change. Musical events strengthen community, build empathy, and most importantly have the capacity to inspire action. As the world takes the necessary precautions to combat COVID-19, members of the music industry have been faced with cancelled tours, festivals, and recordings, adding unprecedented financial and emotional stress to musicians’ lives as well. We’ve partnered with Sound Mind to amplify musicians’ voices as they speak openly about their mental health and how they have found healing through the power of music. There is no single right way to practice self-care; we encourage you to find your own creative outlet to aid in your mental health journey.

Sound Mind Live’s Come Together is a virtual music festival that will take place on 10/8 in celebration of World Mental Health Day on 10/10.

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Alexis Myles
Alexis Myles
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“I already feel wiser making this video and telling you how I’m feeling.”

Georgia Ku
Georgia Ku
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“Music can change your feelings instantly, and I’m so lucky that I get to have music as an outlet…I love that I’m just able to put my feelings into a song”

Emma Jayne
Emma Jayne
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“Sometimes I find that I can communicate better how I’m feeling in a song”

Jeffrey Eli
Jeffrey Eli
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“I’m the observer of my thoughts and not my thoughts.”

Mark Batson
Mark Batson
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“As empathetic musicians, we feed off our emotions; we work off our emotions, so these things were just amplified by this experience.”

Prateek
Prateek
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“It’s times like these that I’ve found music has really been here for me.”

Zach from Smith & Myers
Zach from Smith & Myers
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“Music wrapped its arms around me and lifted me up at a time when I didn’t want anything to do with it.”

Jenny Kern
Jenny Kern
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“Mental health is like any part of the body; it gets sick, it is okay to ask for help.”

Evelyn Cools
Evelyn Cools
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“During these times of isolation, music has given me that sense of nature and connection with people.”

Mackenzie Nicole
Mackenzie Nicole
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“I finally articulated my feelings, and that validated them for the first time.”

Troy Ramey
Troy Ramey
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“I’m guilty of allowing the expectations I’ve set for myself in my music career to play a more important role in my happiness than they should.”

Devan from Wild Rivers
Devan from Wild Rivers
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“Saying things out loud and processing them out loud is so much more helpful than trying to keep them in your head.”

Alexis Myles
Alexis Myles
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Georgia Ku
Georgia Ku
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Emma Jayne
Emma Jayne
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Jeffrey Eli
Jeffrey Eli
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Mark Batson
Mark Batson
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Prateek
Prateek
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Zach from Smith & Myers
Zach from Smith & Myers
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Jenny Kern
Jenny Kern
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Evelyn Cools
Evelyn Cools
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Mackenzie Nicole
Mackenzie Nicole
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Troy Ramey
Troy Ramey
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Devan from Wild Rivers
Devan from Wild Rivers
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How to
safely share
your story:

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Make sure you're ready to talk about your mental health story. If you don't want to talk about your mental health experience or journey, you don't have to. The choice is completely up to you.
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You may use this platform to share publicly, or to keep your stories private for yourself. If you decide to share your experience publicly, your story will be available on the website for anyone logged in to see.
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Define your key message. Think about what you would like the audience to know about your story. We want to hear your authentic voice, but we also want to offer an inspiring message of hope to those hearing your personal experience.
4
Educate your network. People may see your story and reach out for help. Remember, there are many resources to direct them to. If you feel they are in crisis, recommend Crisis Text Line, a free 24/7 confidential crisis intervention service via SMS. Text COALITION to 741741 to speak to a trained crisis counselor.
How to talk about mental health

IN AN
EMERGENCY

If you or a friend need urgent assistance, call 911 immediately, or take your friend directly to the emergency room. If you feel it’s safe, stay with your friend, or find someone to stay with them until help arrives.

Call 911

IN A
CRISIS

You are never alone. Help is always available. For immediate support 24/7, reach out to the Crisis Text Line by texting COALITION to 741741, or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. It’s free and it’s highly confidential, unless it’s essential to contact emergency services to keep you or your friend safe.

Call 1-800-273-8255

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