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Noah Kahan Partners with The Busyhead Project for Mental Health Awareness Month

May 28, 2024 3:37 pm GMT

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Noah Kahan has never been an artist who's strayed away from talking about heavy subjects. From alcoholism, addiction, depression, anxiety and everything in between, mental health and its offshoots has always been a central pillar across his craft.

This May, the folk sensation is taking this commitment a step further as he partners with his mental health initiative, The Busyhead Project, for a full slate of activations and pop-ups across all of his sold-out We'll All Be Here Forever Tour, running through the entirety of 2024.

During each date of the colossal tour, Kahan will provide a space for fans to connect with local mental health organizations at The Busyhead Project Action Village. While there, visitors can learn more about organizations, share a positive message to The Busyhead Project Community Wall and prepare to vote with actions courtesy of HeadCount.

The Grammy-nominated, multi-Platinum singer-songwriter has also recently cemented a new partnership with Backline, a non-profit connecting music industry professionals and their families with mental health and wellness resources, to provide tour-wide mental health care to his entire band and crew.

“May is mental health awareness month. While mental health challenges are a year round challenge for so many, it is undoubtedly a good thing that we shed extra light on the mental health crisis for the month of May," Kahan offers. "I sometimes struggle with reconciling my passion and efforts to be someone that advocates for mental health with how shitty I feel most of the time. I am not always capable of practicing what I preach. I try to live in two places, and hope that someday I can situate myself between them. Some days I hole myself in my room and binge eat or don’t eat and stare at my phone until there is nothing else but the light of the screen and how awful I feel. Somedays I play a show in a sold out arena and talk about how therapy saved my life. Both of these days might happen over the span of any week. I do not share this for sympathy or to be seen as vulnerable or brave. I share this because I want people to know, in this month especially, to remember it’s okay living in two places. It’s okay to be in a place of hurting, it’s okay to be depressed, anxious, bipolar, obsessive, or just plain exhausted."

He continues: "We must all remember to try and strive for the other place. The place of healing, forgiveness, awareness. In this place we open up to people about how we’re feeling, and we check in on how our friends are feeling too. In this other place we try and meditate, we try to heal ourselves with therapy or medication or a long walk through our neighborhoods. I hope that during this Mental Health Awareness Month, we all try our best to live in that other place.”

Sharing its name with his 2019 debut album, The Busyhead Project was launched last year, and in its short lifespan, has already surpassed $2 million raised to help make mental healthcare accesible for all. As the organization continues on its mission, it will be joining forces with national and local organizations to increase mental health awareness, amplify discussion and democratize resources. For more information on The Busyhead Project, head here.

The 'Stick Season' hitmaker recently wrapped up a pair of sold-out shows at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena, which saw surprise appearances from the likes of country-rap maverick Jelly Roll and country-pop darling Kelsea Ballerini. Continuing on to Ohio, Pennsylvania and Indiana, the Kahan will be taking the stage at the highly-anticipated Railbird Festival 2024 on Saturday (June 1).

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