Spotify’s partnership with CALM – will it help boost our spirits? #CarbonCares

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Listening to Spotify's Mental Health Awareness Week podcasts and playlists

Starting today for Mental Health Awareness Week, Spotify’s partnership with CALM is in action! CALM is a charity leading a movement against suicide and living miserably, shining a light on the importance of talking about mental health and adding to the “Kindness” theme this year with the launch of new content! What CARBON’s here to check out is if Spotify’s partnership with CALM – will it help boost our spirits?

Offering podcasts and playlists created in partnership with CALM ambassadors and experts, you’ll find them on the Spotify At Home Hub, featuring highlights such as:

Wake Up/Wind Down podcast by Niall Breslin

Firstly with this Wake Up/Wind Down podcast, it features exclusive content about Mental Health Awareness throughout the week as part of the newly launched Daily Wellness mix of music and podcasts to help listeners throughout their day. Past podcasts, lasting up to maximum 10 minutes, consist of talking about stress and the pros and cons of it, the mind’s love of going on adventures, music and meditation, and much more for your mental health (definitely go back and listen at some point!).

Will it help boost our spirits? Personally? YES! I’m a very stressed-out person, my brain never gives itself a break! Niall Breslin’s Irish accent makes everything make sense in the world! Helping you understand the subjects better, you can then meditate and relax, aaah…

Killing It episode with CALM ambassador & Rizzle Kicks member, Jordan Stephens

Alternatively, with this podcast looking into mental health within the music industry, the episode including British musician, writer, actor and CALM ambassador (just to name a few things) Jordan Stephens will also be joined with the CALM CEO Simon Gunning to have a chat about mental health.

Will it help boost our spirits? Generally? Yes! Past podcasts from Killing It have featured Liam Payne on 1D Exhaustion and Ella Eyre on Anxiety. The very first podcast by Jordan Stephens titled “Sober” featuring psychotherapist Petra Velzeboer. They talk about each other’s mental health as well as going more into Jordan’s and his Depression (worth a listen to learn more about him) amongst many other things almost all of us can relate to! It should generally help boost our spirits as these figures that so many people look up to, don’t relate to us on many levels. However, mental health is something every single person can relate to – sometimes hearing other’s stories help uplift yourself with your own.

The Daily Pep! Podcast with Meg Kissack & Shareefa J

Presenter and model Shareefa J also is a co-founder of Shine4Diversity (social awareness diversity movement for minorities) – if you haven’t got her on your Instagram feed you definitely should ( @shareefa_j )! The Daily Pep is a rebel-rousing daily podcast for couragemakers, creative, multi-passionate and unconventional women (oh yeah!).

With each short and snappy episode, this special episode should definitely boost your spirits! Past episodes have themes of Celebrating your Small Wins, You matter as much as your work, and Done is better than perfect – all things we need to remember and you should definitely go give them a listen!

The Receipts girls: Audrey, Tolani and Milena special ep

The Receipts will have a special episode with the girls talking about mental health awareness. These girls have no filter as it is, but focusing on mental health is a great way for them to join the cause! From how popular their Podcast has become over time and how honest they are – this is definitely on brand for them and we can listen knowing they’re being authentic and honest and not just “#relatable”!

Knowing they’re honest and open, this episode should definitely raise our spirits! Their past episodes range from different life experiences – listening to them go into mental health should help some of us feel more at ease and grounded with our feelings. Personally, I find a comfort in knowing I can relate to some people on their struggles. It helps knowing they understand and may even share some ways to help while chatting like I’m included in the group!

Who We Be playlist special week for Mental Health

Finally, the Who We Be playlist being the UK’s biggest Hip Hop, R&B, Afrobeat and Dancehall playlist will be dedicating this week towards Mental Health Awareness and Kindess! With how positive their playlist is anyway, this is for sure a playlist to lift your spirits in between the podcasts!

Overall, will Spotify’s partnership with CALM help boost our spirits? YES!

Some Spotify positive percentages:

88% of respondents have listened to music to help lift their mood, with 40% increasingly doing so during lockdown.

People are using audio to connect and lift the spirits of the people around them, with 40% sharing gifts with family and friends in the form of playlists featuring music and podcasts!


Sometimes having a good chat is just the key to really let you get things off your chest and get some personal advice:

CALM : 0800 58 58 58 (daily, 5pm to midnight) – for men aged 15-35

ANXIETY UK : 03444 775 774 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 10pm; Saturday to Sunday, 10am to 8pm) – providing support if you have been diagnosed with an Anxiety condition

PAPYRUS : 0800 068 4141 (Monday to Friday, 10am to 10pm, and 2pm to 10pm on weekends and bank holidays) – young suicide prevention society

SANE : 0300 304 7000 (daily, 4.30pm to 10.30pm) , Textcare: comfort and care via text message, sent when the person needs it most: – emotional support, information and guidance for people affected by mental illness, their families and carers

More Helplines on the NHS website

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