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Hi, How Are You Day Concert Aims to Amplify Mental Health Awareness in Austin

The benefit concert presents musical performances by Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes and Valerie June at Paramount Theatre

Hi How Are You Day 2022
Kate Davis performs during the Hi How Are You? fundraising concert at ACL Live at The Moody Theater on May 4, 2022 in Austin, Texas

In an honorable act of music and advocacy, the Hi, How Are You Project (HHAYP) announces the eagerly anticipated Hi, How Are You Day 2024 concert at The Paramount Theatre on January 21, 2024. This annual event, now in its sixth year, will feature performances by Robin Pecknold, principal songwriter and vocalist of Fleet Foxes, and Grammy-nominated Valerie June. Tickets are now available for purchase, with all proceeds dedicated to advancing the mission of HHAYP.

HHAYP is a 501c3 non-profit based in Austin, TX, dedicated to dismantling mental health stigmas through open conversations and inclusive education. Inspired by Daniel Johnston’s iconic mural, HHAYP fosters a culture of inclusion and encourages dialogue on mental well-being.

Accompanying this announcement is the appointment of Robert Sanchez as the new Executive Director of HHAYP. With over a decade of experience as the Founder & CEO of Group Therapy Studios, Sanchez brings a wealth of expertise in music marketing. His role is anticipated to usher in a fresh wave of collaboration, pushing the boundaries of the conversation around mental well-being.

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Hi, How You Day 2024

Fleet Foxes (Robin Pecknold) Credit Patrick Fenner
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Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes (Photo by Patrick Fenner)

Valerie June (Credit_ Photography by Brights)
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Valerie June (Photo by Photography by Brights)

Music as a Beacon for Mental Wellness

The connection between music’s therapeutic impact on the youth’s mental health is evident by the second annual Thriving College Students Index, revealing that 82% of college students turn to music as a top method for supporting their mental well-being. HHAYP, in partnership with the College Student Mental Wellness Advocacy Coalition, aims to delve deeper into understanding and promoting mental wellness among college-aged students through research and awareness initiatives.

“By providing young adults with tools to identify and manage their negative feelings, we can reduce the strain on mental health professionals and improve the chances our children will lead healthier, happier lives,” said Sanchez.

Musical Icons Paving the Way for Mental Health Awareness

The concert lineup promises a captivating evening, with Pecknold and June using their musical prowess to advocate for mental health. Past performers have included renowned artists like Grouplove, Cage the Elephant, The Flaming Lips, and more, all of whom collaborated with the late Daniel Johnston, inspiring the creation of HHAYP.

For more details and event information for HHAY Day 2024, visit their website and follow on social media.