According to The Pulse Of Radio, PAPA ROACH frontman Jacoby Shaddix has become a spokesperson for the Re-Mind Project, which stresses compassion for those dealing with mental illness and attempts to remove the stigma that comes with it. Shaddix has filmed a PSA for the organization, telling Billboard: “Mental health issues have exploded, so for-profit medicine and the pharma industry has definitely proved that they don’t have the finger on the pulse as far as truly helping the people.”
He added, “In our developmental stages, if we catch some of these quote-unquote mental health issues and you deal with them in other ways than just medication, we can help a lot of people.”
Shaddix told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that he’s always used music to get through tough times in his life. “There’s a constant battle in my life to evolve and become a better person, and in doing that, living in this crazy, chaotic world and trying to maintain like a focus of going, ‘How can I progress as a human being?’, you know,” he said. “And so you’re always looking for that lifeline, you know, and I mean it sounds cliché, like, my music is my lifeline to the world. It’s really ultimately what’s made me feel like a human being, because it connects me with so many people.”
The singer also told Billboard that he tells fans to get help as soon as they need it, saying: “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, because it starts with being open and honest with the people that are closest to you.”
PAPA ROACH released its ninth studio album, “Crooked Teeth”, last month. The set features the single “Help”, which recently hit No. 1 on the rock radio chart.