The Current and Call to Mind

Call to Mind is Minnesota Public Radio's initiative to foster new conversations about mental health. Check out this page for the latest ways your favorite musicians and the music industry are addressing the importance of mental well-being for everyone. For more wellness and mental health resources, go to

We're sharing tips for well-being, stories of artists who have experienced mental health conditions, and playing songs to empower and support you in caring for your own mental health. The Current is also highlighting the importance in taking time to talk about your mental well-being.

  • Mental and substance use disorders can affect anyone, from any background. Statistically, half of us will deal with a mental health condition at some point in our lives. One in five of us are coping with something every year.
  • If you or someone you know is living with a mental health condition, support is available. Up to 90 percent of people treated for a mental health condition experience a significant reduction in symptoms and improved quality of life.
  • Americans believe treatment works; more than two-thirds agree that treatment and support can help people with mental health issues lead quality lives. Fewer than one-in-five Americans say they would think less of a friend or relative in recovery.

More information about Mental Health Month and resources for your well-being can be found at Join the conversation on social with the hashtag #TimeToTalk.

893 Songs that Bring Us Together

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We're counting down the songs that you sent in that make you feel connected. Tune in and listen throughout the next couple of weeks to hear the playlist that you made!

Wellness Wednesday: Physician-scientist Beth Thielen on Halloween safety

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It's spooky season, and Halloween is just around the corner. As scary as so much of 2020 has been, the fun and theatrics of the costumed, sugar-laden holiday may come as a relief. However, we are still in the middle of a pandemic, and that means Halloween will need to look a little different this year, with some traditions being riskier than others.

Wellness Wednesday: Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon

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Secretary of State Steve Simon is Minnesota's 22nd Secretary of State. Simon was sworn into office in 2015, and in his role as Minnesota's chief elections administrator pledged to 'work with anyone of any political affiliation, from any part of our state' to defend, protect, and strengthen the right to vote in Minnesota. Secretary Simon took some time out of a very busy October to chat with The Current's Jill Riley on this week's Wellness Wednesday segment about everything absentee voting in Minnesota.

Wellness Wednesday: Becky Smith of Violence Free Minnesota

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and now more than ever it's important to shine a light on domestic violence in our communities. This month, communities and advocacy organizations across the country are connecting with the public and each other to raise awareness about signs of abuse and ways to stop it, to provide additional resources to community leaders and policymakers, and to uplift survivor stories. Violence Free Minnesota is one such organization.

Ondara: Virtual Session


Jade spoke to Ondara about how growing up in Kenya influences his view of America today, how Carl Sagan has inspired him, and what he'll be working on this fall.

Wellness Wednesday: Joseph Lee of Hazelden Betty Ford

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The romanticization of intense pain as necessary for great art is longstanding. It is also, according to Dr. Joseph Lee, medical director for the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation's youth services, not entirely accurate. It is more than possible to create art while in recovery.