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Watch As It Is’ Patty Walters Deliver A Powerful Speech About Mental Health At Warped Tour

As It Is frontman Patty Walters got incredibly real on a recent Warped Tour date.

As It Is have been particularly upfront about the important and oftentimes difficult topics that their new album 'The Great Depression' deals with.

Patty Walters has spoken to us at length about the important messages around mental health in the album both on the Rock Sound Podcast, and in the huge As It Is cover feature inside our current issue. But over the weekend Patty delivered an emotional and important speech around his own personal mental health on stage at Warped Tour.

Before launching in to 'The Wounded World', Patty revealed "I want to tell you guys transparently- I've been crying all fuckin' day. I don't know how to put up with myself some days. But I at least know that telling you guys- making this shit part of the conversation- it helps."

He goes on to talk about Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington, and how the lack of conversation around mental health failed him "because nobody was fucking listening anymore. Giving that guy the resources he fucking needed. So it's about time we make this world a better goddamn place."

Read Patty Walters' full speech below:
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Before we play this song- today I want to go a little off-piece for you if you don't mind. This record is about the societal romanticisation of depression, anxiety, and mental health, mental illness. When we were out here on Warped 2015, I didn't know how to fucking cope with myself. I hated myself every single fucking day of that tour. And out here- I want to tell you guys transparently- I've been crying all fuckin' day. I don't know how to put up with myself some days.

But I at least know that telling you guys- making this shit part of the conversation- it helps. It helps me. It helps you. It helps us all here. So lets keep that conversation going, but more importantly but PLEASE- let's fucking listen to each other. Because to day is the one year anniversary of Chester Bennington- one of my fucking heroes- took his life. Because nobody was fucking listening anymore. Giving that guy the resources he fucking needed. So it's about time we make this world a better goddamn place."

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As It Is are on the cover of Rock Sound this month, and talk at length about the important conversations that their upcoming album 'The Great Depression' spark. Pick up your copy now from shop.rocksound.tv