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Andy Grammer Explains Why He’s Been “Really, Really Loud” About Mental Health Awareness Lately – WJJY 106.7

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Alex Harper

October is recognized as Depression and Mental Health Awareness and Testing Month, and Andy Grammar is one of many celebrities who are very outspoken about the normalization of mental health issues and mental health care. The pandemic was the catalyst for Andy: during the lockdown he suffered from depression and anxiety, and sought therapy because of it. But he says his speaking out on the subject may have more impact, simply because of his public image.

Andy knows that a lot of people see him as a super positive guy and his music reinforces that image. That’s why he says it’s especially important for him to talk about mental health issues.

Andy explains: “You know, that’s when I really started to think, ‘Oh, I think I could have an impact if the happy guy says he’s depressed. That could give permission to other people. That’s why I talk about it really, really loudly. And I just think it’s really important that people know that you’re totally OK if you’re not OK.

“I know that sounds like a corny statement. I do not care. I don’t care anymore,” he says. “If a person hears that and says, you know, ‘I just feel like I should talk to someone’ – like, ‘Yes, please, God, go ahead!’ Especially men.

But has Andy heard fans tell him he inspired them to get help?

“Yeah I got it. I think it’s more through my music,” he notes. “I hear people say, like, ‘Whoa, your song ‘Love Myself’ made me do a little trip with myself that I really enjoy,’ or ‘This one picks me up when I’m down’, you know? ”

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