Music Heals: Mental Health Organizations Spotlight


This Thursday, October 12th, KEXP presents Music Heals: Mental Health, a day of programming to call attention to the public health crisis that is depression and anxiety and how music can help you know you’re not alone. Over the next few days, DJs John Richards and Kevin Cole will be airing interviews with some of the non-profit mental health organizations we spoke to. Check out the schedule below, and then tune in this Thursday from 6 AM to 6 PM as we share requests from our listeners as well as exclusive interviews from musicians about mental health issues they’ve dealt with and how music helped.


punktalks_logoPunk Talks: Founded in January 2015 in the Cincinnati area, Punk Talks is a volunteer-run organization that 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. Punk Talks offers downloadable PDFs about depression, anti-depressants, and anti-anxiety medications. Their motto is: “You don’t have to be sad to make great music.”

Forefront NW: A social impact center at the University of Washington School of Social Work, Forefront is focused on ending suicide by championing suicide prevention, leading systemic change, and advocating for the many family and community members affected. As of early 2017, Forefront has engaged over 15,000 students, patients, and community members statewide (and beyond).


Women’s Therapy Referral Service: Women’s Therapy Referral Service is a matchmaking service for therapy. Founded in 1976 in response to a growing need for feminist therapists, this service now welcomes women, men, older adolescents, and family & other groupings (e.g. adult siblings, roommates).

Mary’s Place: Mary’s Place is a leading voice for homeless women, children, and families in emergency situations. Their mission is to empower “homeless women, children, and families to reclaim their lives by providing shelter, nourishment, resources, healing, and hope in a safe community.” Their work keeps struggling families together and provides practical tools and resources that help them find housing and employment.


Seattle Counseling Services: Seattle Counseling Service is a community-based organization that has been dedicated to promoting health and wellness within the LGBTQ community for 45 years with a commitment to providing accessible services, and offering a sliding fee scale in addition to accepting Medicaid and many insurance plans. Over the years, SCS has become a nationally recognized leader in cutting-edge approaches to therapy, education, intervention, and recovery.

To Write Love On Her Arms: To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit 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 also to invest directly into treatment and recovery.

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One Comment

  1. James Stansberry
    Posted October 9, 2017 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

    I’ve been battling depression all of my life, with some better times and worse times. Lately, though, after years of feeling better, my depression is back on the ‘front burner’, with me having days of just feeling like going away. The music has helped me through this, helping with catharsis and lifting me enough, so I don’t feel like Seattle is the loneliest place on earth…which for me, as a gender non-conforming poet, it is sometimes. Thanks for being there,always, especially on the dark days.

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