Music Heals: Mental Health • Tuesday 9/10


On September 10th, KEXP presents Music Heals: Mental Health – a day of programming dedicated to calling attention to the public health crisis that is depression and anxiety, and exploring how music can help us know we are not alone.

“Music has incredible power,” says KEXP Morning Show host John Richards. “I hear from listeners every day about a song or a lyric that helped them heal, process, grieve or just find the strength to go on. We hope that Music Heals: Mental Health can help listeners living with mental illness know that there is a whole community out here that cares about them. You’re not alone.” 

Listeners are encouraged to share their experiences with mental health and how music played a part in their lives. Those interested in participating can email, then tune in on Tuesday, September 10th to hear those stories and songs shared on air.

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Mental Health Resources

As KEXP’s Music Heals programming explores the role of music in coping with depression and anxiety, we also recognize the need for hands-on help and having a professional to hear your needs. Below listeners can find resources available both national and in Washington state. You are not alone. 

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National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

For 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. Call directly at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).


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The Trevor Project

For 24/7, free crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people. Call directly at 1-866-488-7386.


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Crisis Text Line

For 24/7, free support for those in crisis. Text 741741 from anywhere in the US to text with a trained Crisis Counselor. Text 741741 to get connected with a counselor. 


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American Association of Suicidology

To promote the understanding and prevention of suicide and support those who have been affected by it. A lead organization in the nation focused on research and more.


More Resources

Interviews and Articles

Minneapolis-based musician, film composer, author, and expert playlist creator Mark Mallman talks to KEXP about the healing power of the perfect playlist.

The party philosopher discusses his album You Are Not Alone and finding joy in life.

Nat Puff talks about her music, identity, and proving that those with mental illness can thrive and recovery is possible.

Dessa talks to KEXP about her first memoir, My Own Devices: True Stories From the Road on Music, Science, and Senseless Love.

Artists Reflect on What the Music of Frightened Rabbit's Scott Hutchison Means to Them

On how the music in the video game Celeste mirrors anxiety and depression to find healing

Sarah on her sister's suicide, working through grief, and the importance of talking openly about depression and suicide

On fighting depression and being drawn back into life and music through friends, family, and fans.

More Music Heals Articles

"Music has incredible power,” says KEXP Morning Show host John Richards. “I hear from listeners every day about a song or a lyric that helped them heal, process, grieve or just find the strength to go on.”

Through the Music Heals series, KEXP uses curated music, interviews, listener stories and live events to help people in our community understand they are not alone. Music can provide comfort, validation, encouragement, consolation, perspective, catharsis, and community, and the Music Heals series explores how music can also heal our bodies and lift our spirits. Use the navigation below to explore the different topics.


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