I'm Listening: Shawn Mendes Shares the Struggle Behind 'In My Blood'

The singer shares how he gets over anxiety

September 7, 2019

Shawn Mendes will be a part of I’m Listening on Sunday September 8, as all Entercom radio stations across the country will mark the start of National Suicide Prevention Week with a special two-hour commercial-free broadcast dedicated to ending the stigma of talking about mental health.

Mendes is currently making his way across the country on tour, backed by the strength of his most recent self-titled album. It features his GRAMMY-nominated song, “In My Blood,” which he reveals is about his own struggle with anxiety.

“I think that everybody experiences it differently, but it’s nice to just hear it out loud sometimes,” Mendes explains, using his music as fuel to working towards his own mental health. “I think a lot of people don’t realize that the number one way to get over anxiety is to talk about it, and to talk it through with people you love and people who love you, not to keep it in. That’s kind of what that song was for me.”

Shawn launched The Shawn Mendes Foundation last month, hoping to evoke positive change, focusing on causes such as human rights, anti-bullying, and mental health.

At 7 AM local time on September 8 on your favorite RADIO.COM station, you can call-in live and join artists like Shawn Mendes, athletes, and medical professionals for an in-depth conversation about mental health and suicide prevention.

Prior to Sunday’s show, please SHARE YOUR STORY on how mental health or suicide has impacted your life. Select stories will be included in the broadcast.