Music Heals

Next Music Heals Event:


Tune in to KEXP on Thursday October 11th for Music Heals, as we focus on the power of music and the part it plays for those struggling with mental health. From 6AM to 6PM, John Richards, Cheryl Waters, and Kevin Cole will tell the stories shared with us by members of our community and feature songs that helped them through the healing process either emotionally or physically.
If you would like to share your story about your experience with mental health and how music played a part in the process, email then tune in on Thursday, October 11th to hear those stories and songs shared on air.
Later that night, join us for Music Heals Mental Health: A Tribute to Scott Hutchison. The evening is hosted by John Richards, with remarks by DJ Shannon, and includes music by artists William McCarthy of Augustines, John Roderick, Shelby Earl, Jon Pontrello of the Moondoggies, Oceanwires, and Secretary. Artists will perform songs from Frightened Rabbit as well as their own original songs. Doors at 6 PM, and show begins at 7 PM. This event is free and open to the public.
 Made possible in part by Crisis Connections and Coordinated Care.




Find a list of mental health resources below:




• National Suicide Prevention Lifeline // 1-800-273-TALK (8255) // 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.

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

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


• Association of American 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.

• American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) // For education, advocacy, resources, and aid to those affected by suicide.

• Live Through This // Live Through This is a collection of portraits and stories of suicide attempt survivors, as told by those survivors.

• National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) // For education, advocacy, awareness, and aid to individuals struggling with mental health.

• Punk Talks // Aims to provide free mental health assistance to bands, industry professionals, and fans while also educating and raising awareness of mental health and self-care.

• The Stability Network // An organization of professionals who have a mental health diagnosis and are living stable, productive lives

• Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service // Agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s helpline can also help you find treatment in your area.

• To Write Love On Her Arms // A nonprofit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire, and invest directly into treatment and recovery.

• 2-1-1 // Free and confidential service that helps people across the U.S. and in many parts of Canada find the local resources they need; 24 hours a day, seven days a week.



• Seattle/King County Crisis Clinic // 866-4-CRISIS (866-427-4747) // For 24/7, free support for those in crisis. Crisis Clinic connects people in physical, emotional and financial crisis to services that will be of help.

• Crisis Clinic of the Peninsulas // For 24/7, free over-the-phone crisis intervention, information referral, and a supportive listening ear to people in Clallam, Kitsap, and Jefferson counties who are experiencing situational distress.

• Crisis Clinic of Thurston and Mason Counties // 866-4-CRISIS (866-427-4747) 360-586-2800 // The clinic provides a 24-hour 7-day a week centralized service to anyone who calls, offering crisis intervention and emotional support, as well as information and referrals.

Accelerator YMCA // Children's Criss Outreach Response System (CCORS) // 206-461-3222 // The CCORS program offers short-term, community-based and family centered services with the goal of crisis stabilization, hospital diversion and prevent placements disruptions. CCORS services are available to children and families 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.


• Forefront Suicide Prevention // Forefront develops suicide prevention programs that save lives. This University of Washington-based center offers training for professional and community audiences, school and college programs, resources for those newly bereaved by suicide, and media training in responsible reporting on suicide.

• Many Minds // A King County group that works on mental health resources.

• Mary’s Place // Mary’s Place inspire the community to support homeless women, children, and families through advocacy, partnerships, volunteerism and philanthropy and aids them through emergency situations.

• // Videos about stories and education around dealing with suicidal thoughts.

• Recovery Cafe // Whether in crisis, newer to recovery, in long-term recovery, after a relapse, during a difficult life change, or mental health transition, the Café is a place of support and stability for all individuals seeking to break the cycle of destruction and despair.

• Safer Homes, Suicide Aware // This program offers training and educational materials on locking and limiting access to medications and firearms. Preventing access to these lethal means can save the life of someone in a suicidal crisis. Act today to prevent a suicide in the future. Forefront Suicide Prevention, the Second Amendment Foundation and other firearms organizations, health care providers and public health experts are partners in this statewide initiative.

• Seattle Counseling Service // Seattle Counseling Service is a community resource that advocates, educates and serves to advance the social well-being and mental health of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender communities.

• Washington State Suicide Prevention Plan // If you are interested in learning more about how Washington is working to reduce suicide, you will find much information in the Washington State Suicide Prevention Plan.

• Women’s Therapy Referral Service // Unique in Seattle, Women’s Therapy Referral Service offers you personalized assistance in finding a therapist or counselor suited to your individual personality and situation.


About the Music Heals Series:

"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 to the left to explore the different topics.


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