I'm Listening: Judah & the Lion on Having Someone to Talk To

The band opens up about asking for help

September 4, 2019

Judah & the Lion will be a part of I’m Listening on Sunday September 8, as all Entercom radio stations across the country will mark the start of National Suicide Prevention Week with a special two-hour commercial-free broadcast dedicated to ending the stigma of talking about mental health.

The band knows firsthand the importance of this conversation, tackling real issues of anxiety, substance abuse, and divorce in their latest album Pep Talks. They’ve become accustomed to working through their feelings with music, but know it also takes a real support system to get better.

“I think it’s important to have people around you, like a therapist or someone that’s allowing you to feel those feelings, and asking good questions,” explains frontman Judah Akers in the preview of their appearance above. “Even as a friend to people that have struggled with anxiety or depression or whatever in the past, it’s been so valuable to me to even know those questions to ask, because it’s bringing out something that is special for that relationship.”

At 7 AM local time on September 8 on your favorite RADIO.COM station, you can call-in live and join artists like Judah & the Lion, athletes, and medical professionals for an in-depth conversation about mental health and suicide prevention.

“I think isolation in the midst of anxiety and depression are like the worst thing to feel, because you feel so alone and you feel like you’re the only person in the world that struggles with these quote unquote demons,” adds Akers. “Having someone to talk to, whether it be a councilor or a friend or just having a shoulder to lean on is not weak, it makes everything better because you’re actually like, ‘oh my god I’m not alone in this.’ We can actually have a real human conversation rather than acting like we don’t struggle.”

Prior to Sunday’s show, please SHARE YOUR STORY on how mental health or suicide has impacted your life. Select stories will be included in the broadcast.

As Akers says, “it’s okay, not to be okay.”

For more information on this year’s broadcast, visit ImListening.org.