The musician, 38, has spoken to people about taking care of his mental health after a “really tough” time amid covid-19 pandemic.
The pandemic was “so hard for me that it forced me to go into treatment,” Grammer tells People exclusively. “I hack it myself [helped me realize] How no big deal it is, and how absolutely wonderful it is to help yourself and your mental health.”
He understands that some people are reluctant to try treatment. “To me, it’s an idea, we don’t want to feel broken, or we don’t want to feel any less, but the breaking news—everyone’s shattered, everybody,” he continued. “No one does a perfect job. We all need help in some way.”
It’s also a way to self-awareness: “There’s no shame in learning yourself, mastering yourself, getting into the reasons why you do the things you do, and getting practical advice on what you can do on your own to get yourself out, if you’re a mess,” Grammer adds. “We all have to work on ourselves.”
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For Grammer, going to therapy is something he describes as “very practical,” which is exactly what he needed when the COVID-19 pandemic dramatically changed his usual routine.
“My favorite thing is being around thousands of people every night,” he explains. “When that was taken away there was a lot of silence with myself. I didn’t really like it. It made me very anxious and uncomfortable.”
“When I started therapy, I started getting involved in some of my deepest work that everyone has to do,” says the “Keep Your Head Up” singer. “It’s just good maintenance. I go to a great therapist, and I go every week for about two years, and I really, really love it.”
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Grammer is also aware of the stigma that exists surrounding mental health, especially when it comes to men.
“There is still a lot more ground to cover as far as not feeling less than if you were to get help, especially when it comes to something as invisible as your mind,” he explains in detail. “I think a lot of guys don’t want to feel weak.”
Detailing that he once thought he could “get over” his own struggles, Grammer realized that “it doesn’t have to be that way”.
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Currently, #1 worldwide streaming artist in the “Happy” category on Spotify – Grammer lends his voice to a good cause and participates in Beyond the side lines Friday’s fundraiser in Indianapolis.
Grammer will perform to tap Get rid of the stigmaIndianapolis Colts Mental Health Disorder Awareness Initiative.
Fans can bid on auction items, including signed Colts memorabilia, exclusive experiences with current and past players and coaches, Colts gear and other gifts and opportunities. They can also make a public donation to Kicking the Stigma – which was first launched in 2020.
“I think there are a lot of people who see me as the happy guy, so when I say the happy guy is depressed or depressed, maybe that helps some people let go,” Grammer says.