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Halestorm's Lzzy Hale Shares How Writing Is A Form Of Therapy For Her
On Sept. 9, musicians, including Lzzy Hale, Alessia Cara, Mike Shinoda and more, along with athletes and mental health professionals, joined together to speak up about mental health and suicide prevention for the "I'm Listening" radio broadcast, as part of National Suicide Prevention Week. They spoke about what mental health means to them and reminded listeners going through a hard time that "they are not alone."
During the two-hour broadcast, the guests shared about why it's important to talk about mental health, their own personal struggles, and tips on how they have dealt with challenges. Lzzy Hale, the frontwoman of metal group Halestorm, shared how it's important for all of us to speak up about what we are going through, and that everyone goes through challenges at some point.
"It's just so neat to see so many people standing up for each other. It doesn't matter your status in life either, it doesn't matter whether you're a famous rockstar or if you're a guy that works at Dairy Queen, it’s the same thing," Hale shares.
She continues with advice on how a daily writing practice has helped her through hard times, emphasizing the importance of finding activities that allow you to process your feelings and help you feel better.
"A form of therapy for me, you know, every day I free write. So basically I commit myself to three pages of whatever notebook is lying next to bed in the morning, and just everything I'm going through in my head, all the little things that are trying to kinda drag me out of whatever joy that I'm holding on to, I write it down. By committing myself to paper it really does make me feel better," she shares. "Find your therapy, find that thing, you know, that makes you you, that makes you feel better, and do that. Let's make sure that whoever is struggling knows that they are not alone."
If you or a friend is struggling, know that you are not alone and there are resources that can offer help, including the services of MusiCares. Additionally, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is always available at 1-800-273-8255.