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

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: Navigating anxiety as in-person events return

After well over a year of the COVID-19 pandemic, vaccines are widely available in the United States and in-person events are gradually returning. If you're experiencing anxiety around this return to 'normal,' you're not alone...and if you need it, help is at hand.

Wellness Wednesday: The continuing importance of vaccination

After a harrowing year, signs are strong that Minnesota and the rest of the United States can safely return to many activities that the spread of COVID-19 made very dangerous. Kris Ehresmann of the Minnesota Department of Health, however, emphasizes that the potentially deadly virus is still in our communities and urges everyone age 12 and over to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

Wellness Wednesday: Staying safer during summer travel

When it comes to travel, summer 2021 happily looks a lot safer than summer 2020. Still, the COVID-19 pandemic is not over and it's important to keep safety in mind as you make your vacation plans. Infectious disease expert Jill Foster shares some considerations.

Wellness Wednesday: How disordered eating became a pandemic problem

Aside from the potentially deadly coronavirus itself, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a cascading series of other health concerns - including disordered eating. Dr. Melissa Simone joins Jill Riley to talk about how pandemic pressures have caused the rise of dangerously disordered eating habits.

Wellness Wednesday: How to fight the ongoing opioid epidemic

Five years after Prince's death, the opioid epidemic that tragically claimed the music legend's life continues to threaten hundreds of thousands of Americans. A treatment expert explains how to help yourself or someone you know who's struggling with addiction.