Presented by Visionary Music Group and the Steven Schwartzberg Foundation
In March of 2018, the University of Michigan partnered with Grammy nominee Logic, Tony Award-winner Glenn Close, NFL All-Star Brandon Marshal and his wife Michi, and the Steven Schwartzberg Foundation to host the largest mental health awareness event to ever take place on a college campus. It launched a national campaign designed to initiate conversations, build awareness, and reduce the stigma associated with mental illness, especially among young people.
Using music as its catalyst, this national mental health awareness campaign is titled “Who Can Relate?,” taking its name from a line in the hit song “800-273-8255” by Logic, the chart-topping recording artist. The song, which is about suicide prevention, helped catapult Logic to international fame in 2017.
The weeklong event at U-M culminated in a concert by Logic at Hill Auditorium and also featured the Michigan Men’s Glee Club (MGC) and special guests. It concluded with the MGC and musical theatre students singing “You Will Be Found,” the moving anthem about suicide prevention by SMTD alumni Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (BFA ’06, musical theatre) from their Tony Award-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen. Pasek and Paul generously gave permission for the performance.
Profits from the concert were donated to two organizations that share the same goal of destigmatizing mental illness: BringChange2Mind, co-founded by Glenn Close after her sister was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and her nephew with schizoaffective disorder; and Project 375, co-founded by Brandon Marshall, with his wife Michi Marshall, after he was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder.
The event was the idea of Harris Schwartzberg (BA ’89, economics), who sits on the board of BringChange2Mind. Schwartzberg is an advisory board member of U-M’s Depression Center (UMDC), and also serves on SMTD’s Victors for Michigan Campaign Advisory Committee. The concert was presented by Visionary Music Group and the Steven Schwartzberg Foundation, named for Harris’s brother, who died after a long struggle with bipolar disorder.