Lily Cornell Silver, daughter of Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell and the group’s former manager Susan Silver, launches her IGTV series “Mind Wide Open” today (July 20) in honor of her late father’s 56th birthday. According to the announcement, the mission of “Mind Wide Open” is to help destigmatize the conversations around mental health.
For the premiere episode, Lily talks with Laura van Dernoot Lipsky, a trauma expert/ author and founder and director of the Trauma Stewardship Institute.
“I am launching Mind Wide Open in honor of my late father on his birthday,” Lily tells Variety. “He was a gifted artist who taught me a lot about passion and drive. My mom, Susan Silver, instilled me with confidence and taught me to use whatever gifts and voice I have to help others. I hope that this series encourages people to both look inward and reach outward for resources; I believe that destigmatizing and equalizing mental health will help us to understand each other with more compassion.”
Guests in the series will include experts in mental health, emotional intelligence, psychology and wellness, public figures from music, pop culture, and entertainment as well as Lily’s peers who are willing to share their own stories.
The second episode, airing on July 27, 2020, will feature Dr. Marc Brackett of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and the author of the bestselling book on Social/Emotional Intelligence, Permission to Feel. More guests will be announced in the coming weeks.
Lily, a 20-year-old junior in college studying media studies, sociology and psychology, is creator and host of the series. She also manages and promotes Seattle musicians and is an activist and avid supporter of social justice initiatives including organizations such as Black Lives Matter, NAACP, Equal Justice Initiative, Everytown for Gun Safety, and Planned Parenthood among many others.
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Today, in honor of my dad’s birthday, here is the first episode of Mind Wide Open. I created this interview series with the goal of helping to normalize and destigmatize conversations around mental health, and if it can make even one person feel seen and heard I will have accomplished my goal. Thank you ❤️ Content warning: suicide, racial violence