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.

TV Priest: Virtual Session


Maddie connects with Charlie Drinkwater and Ed Kelland of London's TV Priest to hear about their debut record, 'Uppers,' out now on Sub Pop Records. The three discuss the wedding gigs that preceded the band's inception, their first and only official show to be played before the pandemic, and how the decades deep friendships within the band fosters honesty in their writing.

Wellness Wednesday: Protecting your hearing in the earphone era


In the past year, headphone use and earbud use is going up, especially with people working from home and all the online and Zoom meetings. We were chatting around the office about whether or not that's going to have an impact on our hearing going forward. And we thought all right, we better call up an expert.

Wellness Wednesday: The power of personal writing


Writing and journaling is on the list of healthy coping mechanisms, especially as we've started a new year still in a global pandemic. Jill Riley called on an expert, Kim Todd: an author on the creative writing MFA faculty at the University of Minnesota.

Wellness Wednesday: What does self care really mean?


Megan Voss is an integrative nurse at the University of Minnesota's Masonic Children's Hospital. She's also an assistant professor at the university's Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality and Healing, where she teaches a course on well-being and resilience for health care professionals.

Listen to Looch: How are you?


'I'm feeling really anxious,' Mary Lucia says. 'Just wanted to check in with how you're doing, because I know I'm not alone.' So: How are you?