Alessia Cara

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Celebrities team up for ‘I’m Listening’ campaign for mental health awareness, suicide prevention

September 09, 2018 - 2:38 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Celebrities teamed up to discuss mental health and suicide prevention early Sunday.

Charlie Puth, Sugarland, Brantley Gilbert and dozens of other celebrities participated the’s “I’m Listening” event.

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“Mental illness is scary, but being untreated and not knowing why things were so wrong is even worse. Knowledge is a powerful thing,” said former NFL player Barret Robbins during the event.

World Suicide Prevention Week begins on Sunday, Sept. 9. To mark the start of the very important week, musicians, athletes, and a panel of medical experts gathered for a two-hour, commercial-free broadcast across the United States on all radio stations.

The event aimed to break the stigma surrounding mental health by encouraging prominent figures to speak about their own struggles.

Most notably, singer-songwriter Alessia Cara spoke about her own experiences with going to therapy and said she hoped her music was able to reach those dealing with similar struggles.

You can listen to the full broadcast online at

If you or anyone you know is struggling with depression and thinking of suicide, know that someone is always there. Additionally, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-273-8255.