Punk Talks was founded in January 2015 in the Cincinnati area. It aims to provide free mental health assistance to bands, industry professionals, and fans while also educating and raising awareness of mental health and self-care. 

In its time so far, Punk Talks has toured around the country to spread its message to industry professionals and fans. Sheridan Allen, founder, has been featured in several publications and has done guest lectures regarding her work for Punk Talks for her alma mater, Northern Kentucky University, as well as the #askmewhoiam Conference for Youth-Serving Professionals in Cincinnati.

Punk Talks has gained the support of bands and industry professionals in the community for the positive impact it has had on mental health awareness in emo, punk, and DIY. It has been endorsed and supported by bands such as Modern Baseball, Turnover, You Blew It, Free Throw, Somos, Sorority Noise, Spraynard, Dikembe, and many others.

You don't have to be sad to make great music.

 
Photo by Nick Karp

Photo by Nick Karp