Set your radio dials on September 23 for the two-hour broadcast “I’m Listening,” a program to inspire community awareness on depression while highlighting National Suicide Prevention Month. For the third straight year, the event will be locally sponsored by the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council (DFWHC) in a continuation of its mental health and substance misuse efforts in the community.
The live broadcast will air commercial-free from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on local Entercom radio stations 100.3 Jack FM, 105.3 The Fan FM, 98.7 K-LUV FM, Alt 103.7 FM and 1080 KRLD AM. A Spanish language broadcast will also air on 107.5 La Grande FM.
“DFWHC and Entercom wants to remove the stigma of seeking help for behavioral health and substance use disorders. We are proud to continue to participate in this campaign to prevent suicide,” said Stephen Love, president/CEO of DFWHC. “The program will include local medical professionals who will share personal stories and resources. Our goal is to ultimately save lives. If we help just one person, our time will have been well spent.”
Local hospital employees were recruited to tape personal and promotional messages for the radio broadcast including:
• Sue Schell, vice president and clinical director of behavioral health at Children’s Health;
• Catherine Oliveros, vice president community health improvement at Texas Health Resources;
• Sherry Cusumano, executive director of community education at Medical City Green Oaks Hospital;
• Ashleigh Kinney, director of patient experience at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.
National celebrities to participate include Jon Bon Jovi, Katy Perry and Luke Combs.
In addition to narratives from celebrity guests and experts, the special will feature how to discuss mental health and suicide with family and friends, what we can do to prevent suicide and what to do if you or someone you know is struggling with depression.