KCPBS links music & mental health


Posted by Bob Evans

90.9 The Bridge & Zero Reasons Why Partner

for A Day of Mental Health & Music

Four Teens Share Songs and Stories On-Air on the Connection

Between Music & Mental Health

Kansas City, MO, Oct. 19, 2021 90.9 The Bridge and Zero Reasons Why have announced a new collaboration that aims to remove the stigma of mental health issues and prevent teen suicide as part of Sound Minds, an ongoing series that reflects on the role music plays in mental health.

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Throughout the day on Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, The Bridge will play songs of strength, perseverance and restoration submitted by listeners. At 7 p.m. the NPR, community-funded music station will welcome four teenaged special guest hosts from Zero Reasons Why, the suicide prevention program from Johnson County Mental Health Center. For an hour, the four will share their stories about mental health and present a playlist curated with songs that have made a difference in their lives.

“Music has the power to heal, to offer refuge, to commemorate joy,” said Bryan Truta, morning host and senior director of radio operations at 90.9 The Bridge. “The Bridge is thrilled to welcome these brave, passionate and compassionate young people who are working to make the world a better place. We look forward to amplifying not only the songs that have spoken to them – but their voices and mission to help other teenagers who may be facing mental health challenges.”

“Sharing stories about your own mental health journey is powerful for both you and the people hearing it,” said Tim DeWeese, director of Johnson County Mental Health Center. “This is a great opportunity to hear first-hand the ways that these teens are processing their own mental health journeys. I expect their stories will resonate with listeners and give hope that we are not on these journeys alone.”

Listeners are encouraged to submit their songs and stories for Sound Minds before Oct. 20 by emailing soundminds@bridge909.org or by visiting bridge909.org/sound-minds.

Sound Minds is made possible by Johnson County Mental Health Center and Zero Reasons Why. Help is always available at (913) 268-0156.

For more information on Zero Reasons Why, visit zeroreasonswhy.org.

For more information on Sound Minds, visit bridge909.org/sound-minds.


Acquired by Kansas City PBS in 2013, 90.9 The Bridge is listener-supported, non-commercial NPR music radio for Kansas City. The station presents a passion for local music, community, and independent voices and is committed to weaving new, rare, and local music into playlists, right alongside familiar hits and beloved classics. The Bridge connects music lovers with music makers through performances and interviews and engages in the community, supporting musicians, venues, and listeners with music discovery.

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