Papa Roach’s Jacoby Shaddix joins forces with Canadian Music Week for mental health advocacy and awareness session

Over the years, Papa Roach frontman Jacoby Shaddix He has publicly shared his battles with addiction, depression, and suicidal thoughts, aiming to break the stigma surrounding mental health issues. According to BraveWords, Shaddix is ​​currently working on a new chapter in his mental health advocacy journey with the folks over at Canadian Music Week. The industry conference/music festival presents “Breaking The Ice: Uniting Rock Stars and Athletes in Mental Health Advocacy,” an event supporting the Suicide Crisis Helpline 9-8-8 on behalf of the Center for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).

This session will take place on Wednesday, June 5th, at the Westin Harbor Castle in Toronto, Ontario. Moderated by Joey Scoleri, SVP Industry Relations at Live Nation, “Breaking The Ice” will feature the “Last Resort” singer in conversation with representatives from the NHL Players’ Association and CAMH. They will delve into the shared mental health challenges faced by artists and athletes. Registration is now open at

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From the stage to the ice, Shaddix will join Joseph Woll of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Ryan Strome of the Anaheim Ducks, Dr. Jay Harrison (NHLPA Wellness, Transition, and Performance Specialist), and Dr. Allison Crawford (CAMH Psychiatrist and Researcher ) to discuss resilience, coping, and breaking the stigma surrounding mental health.

“Breaking The Ice” aims to encourage others to prioritize mental well-being and spread the message that help is available to everyone through various services, including Canada’s 9-8-8 Suicide Crisis Helpline, which launched in November 2023.

“This topic affects all of us. I’m looking forward to sharing my experiences from the perspective of a recording artist who tours the world, with this incredible group, and raising awareness for the 9-8-8 suicide prevention lifeline now available in Canada,” said Jacoby Shaddix.