ABC NewsJacoby Shaddix is the inaugural ambassador for the Re-Mind Project, a mental health organization founded by Ezio Lucido, who’s directed several Papa Roach videos.
The Re-Mind Project hopes to bring awareness to mental illness and end the stigmas surrounding it with a “compassion first” approach.
“I just encourage fans out there, if they’re struggling through something, don’t be afraid to reach out to one of your best friends and just get real with them,” Shaddix tells Billboard. “Because it starts with being open and honest with the people that are closest to you.”
He adds, “Sometimes we can work through those issues together right there, bang, [because you know] you’re not alone.”
Shaddix uses music to help him with his mental health — take, for example, the single “Help,” which appears on Papa Roach’s new album Crooked Teeth. Before he wrote “Help,” Shaddix felt he wasn’t in the best headspace.
“I was like, ‘I don’t know, man. I’m going through some s*** right now. I feel like I need some help,'” Shaddix remembers thinking. “‘I’m just very hesitant to go to a therapist or to a doctor, because am I going to go there and they’re just going to give me medicine? I feel like I’m just drowning in myself.'”
That line became the chorus in “Help,” and writing songs like it has helped Shaddix “move on and be done with it and celebrate my f****** weakness, celebrate my brokenness.”
For more info on the Re-Mind Project, visit Re-Mind.org.
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