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Music and Mental Health Interview
Oct 10

Music and Mental Health Interview Panel

Free Online
03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Your phone or computer
Supporting the World Health Organization’s initiative
Free Virtual Music and Mental Health Panel discussion in Observance of World Mental Health Day 2020
About the Event

The discussion focuses on the intersection of the music industry and mental health and how music can help people cope and come together during difficult times. As advocates for mental health, the panelists will share their personal stories and offer perspectives to raise awareness for mental health. 

The livestream will be broadcast on the Rock Hall's Facebook and YouTube pages.


World Mental Health Day is observed every year on October 10 to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health. As advocates for mental health, the panelists will share stories about how music provided an outlet for them, helping them to manage their mental health and inspire others to do the same. Delivering on its mission to engage, teach, and inspire through the power of rock & roll, we recognize that music is a powerful tool which has proven to have the ability to positively impact people’s mental health.


Kevin Lyman, Vans Warped Tour founder

Kevin Lyman has shaped youth culture for over 40 years with his award-winning expertise in the music and entertainment industry as well as business and philanthropic ventures. Lyman is best known as the creator of the Vans Warped Tour, which ran from 1995-2019, which can be considered one of the most socially influential music tours in the United States  After the Vans Warped tour he will begin teaching as an Associate Professor at the University of Sothern California and focus on the a mental health and education festival with Talinda Bennington.

Archie Green, Cleveland musician and producer

Archie Green is the Founder and CEO of Peel Dem Layers Back, a mental health awareness nonprofit with the mission of breaking the stigma in the Black community while utilizing Hip-Hop culture. Green is also a Hip-Hop artist with over 20 years under his belt. He has been featured on various Cleveland-based media outlets including WKYC Channel 3, WCPN Ideastream, Cleveland Magazine,, and Cleveland Scene.  His most recent noteworthy accomplishment is being selected as one of The Guardian’s 2019 Cleveland City Champions.

Debbie Bates, Cleveland Clinic music therapist

Debbie Bates, PhD, MT-BC, is the Music Therapy Manager at the Cleveland Clinic and has over 20 years of experience as a music therapist. She serves patients and families in the Taussig Cancer Institute and on the Blood and Marrow Transplant Unit. She also has experience with adult medical patients, hospice and palliative medicine, premature infants, hospitalized children, pediatric palliative care, and adolescent and adult psychiatric patients. She received her Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy from the University of Dayton and her Masters and PhD in Music Therapy from Temple University and is an adjunct music therapy professor at Augsburg University (MN) and St. Mary of the Woods College (IN).

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