Metallica Wants You To Know That You're Not Alone In Your Struggles with Mental Health

'Talking about it is the most important thing'

September 4, 2020

RADIO.COM's special 2-hour I’m Listening broadcast returns on Wednesday, September 23, as we join forces with artists, athletes, and individuals nationwide to showcase that talk has the power to save lives.

Leading up to this year's event, we’re taking a look back at past I'm Listening discussions to share some of our favorite interviews throughout the next week.

The current members of Metallica have endured countless ups and downs in life both personally and as part of one of the most iconic bands in music history. Through the loss of fellow musicians and bandmates, and struggles with substance abuse over the years, they have remained a beacon of advocacy for mental health.

"Suicidal thinking happens to anyone, at any time. Talking about it is the most important thing," says singer James Hetfield in a previous interview, about the basic human need of feeling connected in times of crisis.

Discussing what is wrong, recognizing the full scope of the situation, and ultimately making a change for good can happen with those close to you, or even a stranger who has seen others through dark times. "It is not a sign of weakness to see a doctor when you're depressed," says guitarist Kirk Hammett.

Drummer Lars Ulrich wants you to always remember that "there's nothing wrong with anything that you're feeling," and that you are not alone. "Over 20 million Americans suffer from a depressive illness in any given year."

More details about this year's broadcast will be revealed on September 9.

In the meantime, we'll continue to share moments from past I'm Listening shows here and at ImListening.org, with previous guests like HalseyDisturbed, and Shawn Mendes opening up about mental health.

We also invite you to share your story about your own journey with mental health. We will select some to be a part of this year's show.

Join us on Wednesday, September 23 for I’m Listening an evening filled with support, compassion, and community - right here and on the RADIO.COM app.

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