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Gerard Way will be performing a rare solo set while helping eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health during a new virtual event.

On Mar. 2, the My Chemical Romance frontman is joining Julien Baker, DeathbyRomy and host Dr. Mike Friedman for Unwound & Unplugged. The mental health awareness event is bringing support to those experiencing mental illness, anxiety and isolation.

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This past year has truly been a difficult time for many individuals around the world. According to the CDC, the COVID-19 crisis has greatly impacted people’s mental health, substance abuse and suicidal thoughts due to the stress and isolation the pandemic has caused. Recent research shows that by June 2020, 40 percent of U.S. adults reported struggling with mental health and substance abuse during COVID-19 lockdown measures.

So, the Unwound & Unplugged virtual event really couldn’t arrive at a better time. To help celebrate the National Day Of Unplugging, Gerard Way is coming together with Julien Baker and DeathbyRomy for the special concert. The event, which kicks off on Mar. 2 at 5 P.M. PT/ 8 P.M. ET, will feature a live discussion panel as well as musical performances.

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Along with some stripped-down performances, Way, Baker and DeathbyRomy will open up about their own mental health battles, dealing with isolation and how meaningful social connections are more important than ever. They will also be joined by a panel of mental health experts who will discuss good self-care practices and resources for dealing with isolation and anxiety.

“I know that it’s a really tough time for everyone right now,” Way says. “Coming together as a community and speaking openly about mental health is more relevant than ever. ”

 

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National Day Of Unplugging (NDU) reminds us all to put away our smartphones and devices and seek other ways to connect with people. To help celebrate Unwound & Unplugged, NDU has put together a few prizes fans have the chance to win. The organization is giving away a Zoom A&R session with Grammy-winning producer Rob Cavallo (MCR, Paramore, Green Day). As well, a $50 iTunes gift card and 10 National Day of Unplugging cellphone sleeping bags are up for grabs. Head here to enter.

Unwound & Unplugged kicks off on Mar. 2 at 5 P.M. PT / 8 P.M. ET. You can tune in for the entire event here on Facebook.

What are your reactions to the Unwound & Unplugged event? Which songs do you want Gerard Way to perform? Let us know in the comments below.