The Current and Call to Mind

Call to Mind is Minnesota Public Radio's initiative to foster new conversations about mental health. Check out this page for the latest ways your favorite musicians and the music industry are addressing the importance of mental well-being for everyone. For more wellness and mental health resources, go to CallToMindNow.org.

We're sharing tips for well-being, stories of artists who have experienced mental health conditions, and playing songs to empower and support you in caring for your own mental health. The Current is also highlighting the importance in taking time to talk about your mental well-being.

  • Mental and substance use disorders can affect anyone, from any background. Statistically, half of us will deal with a mental health condition at some point in our lives. One in five of us are coping with something every year.
  • If you or someone you know is living with a mental health condition, support is available. Up to 90 percent of people treated for a mental health condition experience a significant reduction in symptoms and improved quality of life.
  • Americans believe treatment works; more than two-thirds agree that treatment and support can help people with mental health issues lead quality lives. Fewer than one-in-five Americans say they would think less of a friend or relative in recovery.

More information about Mental Health Month and resources for your well-being can be found at CallToMindNow.org. Join the conversation on social with the hashtag #TimeToTalk.

893 Songs that Bring Us Together


We're counting down the songs that you sent in that make you feel connected. Tune in and listen throughout the next couple of weeks to hear the playlist that you made!

Wellness Wednesday: Cancer screening and prevention


The urgency of the COVID-19 pandemic has understandably been causing many people to sideline other aspects of their health, but unfortunately cancer won't rest while we fight the coronavirus. Some screening can be done remotely, and there are things you can do every day to help prevent cancers from forming in your body.

Wellness Wednesday: Talking with kids about tough topics


Parents want to protect their kids, but it's also important to be honest about sad or scary things happening in the world. Child development expert Abigail Gewirtz talks about how - and when - to have those tough conversations with children.

Always March, never St. Patrick’s Day: Another year of lost shows


Last March 13 I went to a party and played music long into the night to celebrate a close friend’s 60th birthday. By the next morning I was panicking, wondering if I had just doomed my family (in fact, we didn’t catch COVID until November), and later that day canceled all my St. Patrick’s Day…

Andrea Swensson leaving The Current


Andrea Swensson will soon begin a new chapter as a self-employed music writer, author and podcaster. After nine years at The Current and five years at the helm of The Local Show, Swensson's last episode will air on Sunday, April 4.

TV Priest: Virtual Session


Maddie connects with Charlie Drinkwater and Ed Kelland of London's TV Priest to hear about their debut record, 'Uppers,' out now on Sub Pop Records. The three discuss the wedding gigs that preceded the band's inception, their first and only official show to be played before the pandemic, and how the decades deep friendships within the band fosters honesty in their writing.