Beyond Black charity founder and metal musician Liam Frost-Camilleri has launched a heavy metal podcast focussing on mental health issues called The Demons Within: Stories of Heavy Metal and Mental Health.
Frost-Camilleri said it had always been an interest of his.
“I know many metalheads that struggle with their mental health which has made me wonder if there is a link between the two,” Frost-Camilleri said.
Speaking to a variety of people in the heavy metal industry, Frost-Camilleri has found that topics of mental health are prevalent within heavy metal lyrics but still believes there to be a stigma around discussing some of the issues musicians face.
The first podcast, published on September 10 to acknowledge World Suicide Prevention day, features the story of an Australian musician Russ, who attempted suicide in 2015 and survived.
“It is such a powerful story, and will definitely be hard listening for some people, but these are stories that need to be told if we’re ever going to start addressing and having open conversations about mental health.”
With this new podcast, Frost-Camilleri will speak to a number of people in the metal music industry, including producers and supporting members.
Frost-Camilleri is the founder of Beyond Black, a heavy metal charity festival that once raised funds for national Australian mental health organisation Beyond Blue in pre-COVID times.
To date, Liam Frost-Camilleri has helped raise over $9000 for the cause.
“Beyond Black combined two of my passions; heavy music and mental health.
“I feel privileged to be able to discuss such an important issue with so many people, and I figured, just because we’re in isolation, doesn’t mean we can’t still keep talking about it.”
The Demons Within’s first reason runs September to December and is on all major podcast platforms.
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