In recent years, more and more people have been raising the volume on the need for open, honest discussions about mental health. Artists, athletes, and creators of all kinds are coming forward with their stories to encourage others to do the same and get the help they need. And while there’s still a long way to go, Spotify is proud to use our platform as part of the conversation.
In 2018, we started ours The heart is the soul Mental health initiatives that aim to raise awareness, build knowledge, enable self-care and professional support, and normalize conversation to reduce stigma. In these last years, we have educated our staff about mental health and mental illness and provided a variety of resources, as mental health is unique to all of us. With our mental health strategies, we aim to create a stigma-free environment where we take care of ourselves and each other and where it’s okay not to be. We’ve worked to provide mental health conversations and resources for our staff, as well as quiet, inspiring and healing moments for those who come to Spotify that can provide music and podcasts.
So as we prepare for World Mental Health Day this Sunday, we encourage both our listeners and our staff to “take a bit” and “tune in” to tackle mental health – not just today, but every day.
Tools for our audience
This World Mental Health Day, we are bringing back our curated Wellness Hub, And it’s better than ever. Through this updated hub, listeners can better access mental health resources, connect with themselves, and prioritize their well-being. From today, the hub will pop up when users open the mobile app and encourage them to “take a bit” and listen to them with a selection of uplifting, insightful and cool podcasts and playlists.
Listeners will also receive special playlists and video content from mental health advocates Chelsea Cutler And Lynn Lapid. Plus, tune in for it We are urbanOf Winter all fall And MD MotivatorOf Healing and nutrition. Both playlists are filled with tracks that center on the creators ’ground and themselves and their mental well-being.
Resources for our staff
On this World Mental Health Day we encourage our staff to focus on themselves, to be supported and collaborated by colleagues and to take a deep breath. These days we direct our daily attention towards mental health. Every day, we strive to create a safe environment where employees can talk openly about their mental health and build a culture where we take care of ourselves and each other. Our goal is to make Spotify a place where employees can be themselves and where they feel they can be with them no matter what.
Especially for World Mental Health Day, we will host virtual discussions, workshops and panels on mental well-being for our employees. Individuals will be able to learn new skills, deepen existing self-care practices, and open their mouths to important conversations. We will also continue to lean towards our Heart & Soul local peer-to-peer ambassador program that enables employees to educate and support each other and reduce the stigma of mental health.
Seek some healing
When it comes to people who talk about mental health, we stand by Urban. The online publication frequently updates with soothing pictures, quotes and mantras to help followers find a comfort in their day – and hopefully some skills they can use to tackle their mental health. For the record The editor-in-chief asked Willie Green About listening to yourself – and about Fruit Healing Sessions Playlists he created.
Your Instagram is full of self-valuable reminders and peaceful break moments. How can daily reassurance help a person communicate his or her emotional state and needs?
The average person in the United States spends more than 1,300 hours a year on social media. If you add it, it’s literally 52 days after eating the media–Earthly parts of other people’s lives, news, other people’s thoughts and everything in between are in our subconscious. What we take every day is a real life result on our mental health. It is so important to be aware of this.
That’s why I created a space on the internet like WE THE URBAN as an antidote to media attacks that make us feel bad. Our daily confirmations are shared and viewed 12 million times a week, and when we look at the messages we receive from our audiences, I see how receiving positive daily confirmations has improved life in a real way. Content followers that support you and make you feel better about yourself can only help your emotional state.
Spotify is telling listeners to “take a bit” and “put the tune in on themselves” on World Mental Health Day this year. Why is it important for us to feel lost or to listen to ourselves even when we have no personal answers?
Insight is the greatest gift. So is the ability to be present. In my own mental health journey, things only start to improve when I decide to face the symptoms I am experiencing. The courage to identify what I was feeling told me how to get the help I needed. Sitting in confusing or painful feelings is uncomfortable, or acknowledging that you may be frustrated or facing a deadly battle for mental health, but leaning towards them, questioning them, and feeling how we heal.
A lot of times when we feel a heartbreak or grief, it’s easy to get distracted and spiral into thoughts. Through therapy, I learned that mindfulness and presence were going to save me. The clichs really work: meditation, journaling, mindfulness practice, and gratitude.
How do you communicate collectively as opposed to personal struggles, especially since they can have an impact on mental health?
When I think of collective struggle, I think of the problems that marginalized people face every day. I live at the crossroads of so many different systematically oppressed identities. I am black, weird, and non-binary. When you put everything together, the fights this community faces will affect our mental health. It’s not for everyone, and I must be careful about how much I do it (for my own mental health), but my approach to dealing with it is using my platform to bring awareness. There is something to be said about the performance of activism that many people do on the internet, but the reality is that change begins with awareness.
Funny enough, I’ve built a career where I can do it for my personal struggles as well. Therapy has been a life saver and so I have the ability to process what I am going through and share those tiny branches of knowledge with millions of people that may be related.
What are some tools to boost your favorite mood?
Of course I mentioned the issues earlier. Therapy, journaling, exercise, and awareness of what I eat (on social media, what I eat, etc.) all help me a lot. I would say music is my most effective mood enhancement tool. Power Sound needs to change how we feel in my mind, and I’m constantly creating playlists and searching for music to help me with what’s going on.
Tell us about some of the songs in your Fruit Healing Session playlist. What method did you use to create this playlist?
It’s a vibration! While I was making it, I was thinking about the ups and downs of our lifelong healing journey. Every song is a song that has helped me personally. Sometimes you feel excited and optimistic, other times you find yourself randomly crying about something you thought you got a long time ago. I wanted to respect every kind of feeling with this song selection.
Which songs or artists can the audience be surprised to see there?
The playlist is very R&B inspired, so some people might be surprised to see “Creep” Radiohead Or by “beautiful girls” A little Dragon. By “Summer Soft” Stevie Surprise One of the most beautifully written songs and it is perfect for October. I’m a lover of all genres, and I hope the mix can be helpful for every listener.
‘Tune in to yourself’ with WE THE URBAN’S Fall healing ason tu playlist.