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.

Ten Minnesota songs from the 2010s that have stuck with me

Right now we’re all making our best-of-2020 playlists and checking them twice (have you cast your votes in The Current’s Top 89 poll yet?). Do you ever go back and actually listen to the best-of playlists you made in prior years? Every time I do, I’m reminded of some amazing Minnesota songs from those years.…

Happy holidays: December programming on The Current

December is a time of reflection and celebration for people of many different backgrounds and traditions. For some, that means religious holidays like Hanukkah or Christmas. For others, it’s cultural celebrations like Kwanzaa. Some look to the winter solstice as a time of renewal, and everyone flips the calendar page on January 1. I’m going…

Wellness Wednesday: COVIDaware MN app explained

The COVID-19 pandemic is still top-of-mind globally and nationally, as well as here in Minnesota. Gov. Tim Walz recently announced a new app called COVIDaware MN. Instead of us trying to explain what this app is and how to use it and what it does and what it doesn't do, Jill Riley called on an expert: Minnesota IT Services Commissioner Tarek Tomes.

Wellness Wednesday: Coping with holiday loneliness

Sabine Schmid is assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Minnesota Medical School and a licensed psychologist with M Health Fairview. She joined The Current's Jill Riley to talk about those who are facing loneliness as we head into the holiday season.

Wellness Wednesday: Allison O'Toole of Second Harvest Heartland

Give to the Max Day is tomorrow. Studies have shown that giving, volunteering, and being of service to others can actually boost your physical and mental health. Allison O'Toole is CEO of Second Harvest Heartland, an organization using volunteer power to feed the hungry.

The Current Rewind: Aug. 12, 2015

A piece of First Avenue's ceiling fell to the ground during a concert in August 2015. Thankfully, no one was seriously hurt. But throughout the music industry, concert safety has been a huge issue during the last decade. How can we keep each other safe?

Wellness Wednesday: Marla Khan-Schwartz on COVID-19 testing in Hennepin County

We are currently in the midst of a third wave of COVID-19 across the United States, and of course Minnesota is not exempt. We know that one of the best ways to combat COVID-19 is to carry out testing. It's hard, after all, to mitigate a threat if you don't know where it is, and so it is more crucial now than ever for us and our communities to conduct and have access to accurate COVID-19 testing.

Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes talks about making 'Shore'

Mary Lucia interviews Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes about his latest release, 'Shore.' Pecknold talks about what it was like to work with a range of different artists, and how the pandemic changed his mindset about this album release.