KDKA Radio To Broadcast Two-Hour ‘I’m Listening’ Special For Mental Health Awareness

The September 9 special will focus on suicide prevention

August 27, 2018 - 1:31 pm

KDKA Radio’s parent company Entercom, announced Monday a two-hour live commercial-free broadcast special on Sunday, September 9 to raise awareness around mental health and suicide prevention as part of the “I’m Listening” campaign.

The broadcast will air on KDKA Radio and all other Entercom stations across the country beginning at 7 a.m. and will also be available on Radio.com and the Radio.com app.

The livestream will mark the start of National Suicide prevention week.

Guests on the broadcast include medical experts Dr. Chris Nowinski, co-founder and executive director of Concussion Legacy Foundation and Dr. Ursula Whiteside, clinical psychologist, CEO of NowMattersNow.org.

The broadcast will also feature musicians and celebrities connected to the cause including members of Pearl Jam, Olympic gold medalist swimmer Michael Phelps, actor Jared Leto and more.

“’I’m Listening’ is one of our signature productions meant to save lives, while simultaneously creating awareness for this truly lethal silent threat,” said Pat Paxton, President of Programming, Entercom. “The number of people impacted by mental health issues is staggering. The effect it has on their lives, and lives of their friends and families is devastating. If we help save just one life or help remove the stigma around mental illness, our time will have been well spent. We can’t solve this issue during one program, but we can be part of a vast network working every day to help and serve those affected.”

In addition to celebrity guests and medical expert interviews, the special will feature discussions around how to discuss mental health and suicide with family and friends, what all of us can do to prevent suicide, what to do if you or someone you know is struggling with depression, how to get involved in suicide prevention in your local community and where to go for help.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. More than 50 percent of people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with a mental illness or disorder at some point in their life. Approximately one in five U.S. adults experience mental health issues in a given year, and one in five children have experienced or will experience mental illness in their life. Mental health affects everyone regardless of culture, race, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation. 

If someone you know is going through a crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741-741.

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