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 CallToMindNow.org.

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 CallToMindNow.org. 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!

Coffee Break: Wellness Wednesday


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May is Mental Health Month, and in conjunction with Call to Mind, we're sharing tips for well-being, stories of managing mental health, and playing songs to empower and support you in caring for yourself. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear around the themes of self-care, healing and mental health?

Music News: Acoustic music surges during listener lockdown


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Acoustic music is surging - not just in livestream performances, but in classic recordings as well. Plus, Billie Eilish launches Takashi Murakami collaboration, VJ Matt Pinfield enters recovery, and Snoop Dogg vibes with Idina Menzel.

The Killers talk fake viral videos, Lindsey Buckingham, and working from home


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Killers frontman Brandon Flowers and drummer Ronnie Vannucci gave some exciting background about the band’s newest record, Imploding the Mirage, when they recently did a quick phone interview with Mac Wilson. Mac Wilson: So, you’ve been busy. You’ve got an Instagram live concert that’s happening later this afternoon. Is this a first for a full-blown…

Cameron Kinghorn on King Pari, new project playing Midwest Music Fest at Home


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Around this time each year, local music enthusiasts typically gather in Winona, Minnesota to attend the Midwest Music Fest. This year, due to social distancing rules, Mid West Music Fest is going virtual, and is now Midwest Music Fest at home. The event will be streamed from the Midwest Music Fest Facebook, YouTube, and Vimeo,…

Live Virtual Session: Jack Garratt performs songs from new album, talks importance of mental health


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Jack Garratt is in the process of releasing his latest album, 'Love, Death and Dancing'; he's releasing the songs in phases to give his fans a chance to really get to know the songs. Garratt also speaks frankly about mental health. 'I realized I'll never be perfect, and that is not only fine, but worth celebrating,' he says. Watch the complete Live Virtual Session hosted by Jill Riley.

14 things we learned from Justin Vernon’s appearance on ‘Tuesdays with Lazerbeak’


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In the latest episode of the podcast Tuesdays with Lazerbeak, the Doomtree producer and his co-host Jeyca Maldonado-Medina talk with Justin Vernon (Bon Iver, Big Red Machine, GAYNGS). Here are 14 things we learned from their wide-ranging hour-and-a-half conversation, recorded in January and posted this week. Lazerbeak is an awesome wedding DJ “It was probably…