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.

Wellness Wednesday: Joseph Lee of Hazelden Betty Ford

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.

Virtual Session: Beabadoobee

Beatrice Laus, known as Beabadoobee joined us from London to talk to Mary Lucia about her influences, what led her to writing music, and her thoughts on Charlie Brown. She'll also be performing songs from her upcoming record, Fake It Flowers.

Stream Taylor Swift's new album, 'Folklore'

Swift's eighth studio album -- recorded in isolation and announced just a day before it was released -- features collaborations with members of The National and Bon Iver.

Sophia Eris, Lady Midnight, and DJ Keezy launch campaign to fund new venue

Sophia Eris, Lady Midnight, and DJ Keezy have launched a $5 million crowdfunding campaign to open what would be the only professional music venue in Minneapolis owned by women of color. The proposed venue’s name: Auntie’s. “With the recent uprising ignited from the murder of George Floyd combined with accusations of abuse in the music…

Friday Five: UPRISING, Andre Cymone, and more new Minnesota music videos

This is the last edition of Friday Five in its current iteration. Moving forward it will be replaced by a longer, biweekly post about one music video including conversations with the artists behind both the music and the videos. Continue to send submissions to fridayfive [at] for consideration! UPRISING – “A.Y.R.D.” An all-star list…