September is Suicide Prevention Month and some local musicians are discussing their own struggles with mental health and experience with suicide.
In a panel discussion at McNally Smith College of Music this afternoon, band members of Motion City Soundtrack, Communist Daughter, and Zoo Animal opened up about mental illness and played some music inspired by those experiences.
They discussed new research that looks at connections between the creative mind and mental health. But Adam Levy, founder of The Honeydogs and moderator of the panel, said artists also feel a cultural pressure to suffer through illness in order to make great art. Levy speaks with MPR News' Tom Crann.