Singer-songwriter Noah Cyrus played an easygoing livestreamed show full of mental health tips from the comfort of her home in Los Angeles as part of the "Together At Home" virtual series on Thursday.
Cyrus sang stripped-down versions of her songs “Lonely,” “Live or Die,” “Almost Famous,” “I Got So High That I Saw Jesus,” “July,” and “Topanga.” She repeatedly urged her fans to practice social distancing and to visit globalcitizen.org/coronavirus to learn more about the pandemic and how they can help.
"Here’s all the information where you guys can figure out how you can help in any way," she said, holding up a sign with Global Citizen’s info. "You can learn more about this terrible virus, how we can stop it quickly, and how we can all do our part by staying home."
"We’re trying to get the WHO [World Health Organization] the funds they need to tackle the coronavirus," she said.
Cyrus spoke candidly about her struggles with mental health during the livestream and sympathized with people who may be experiencing depression and anxiety while practicing social distancing.
"Depression is really hard," she said. "I know firsthand how hard it is. I’ve been working on my mental health for so long, I know being cooped in your house is probably really hard for some people, because I know there are times when I wake up and want to cry because it’s another day in the house."
Cyrus said she was on day 10 or 12 of her social distancing. She then spoke about the significance of “I Got So High That I Saw Jesus,” a song that sounds like it would be silly, but actually seeks profundity.
"The song is about the world and climate change, and the way we’re moving away from tradition, and the way Mother Nature is crying out for help, and how we so selfishly ignore it," she said. "Regardless of your religion or your belief system, this song was created for you."
Cyrus’ set was also full of laughs. She joked about how she needed a manicure, scoffed at her piano skills, and said hi to her mom who joined the livestream.
Ultimately, though, she was concerned about helping people get through the pandemic.
"Please stay healthy, stay inside, take care of yourself, take care of others by taking care of yourself," she said. "While you’re at home, exercise your brain, mind, and body and really take care of yourself."
The "Together At Home" series encourages people to practice social distancing to flatten the curve and take action within their communities to stop the spread of the coronavirus and help those already affected by it. The campaign features a number of actions that people can take to learn more about the virus and call on world leaders to contribute to the WHO’s Solidarity Response Fund.
The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic is testing the resilience and capacity of health care systems worldwide. Globally, more than 416,000 people have been infected by the coronavirus and 18,589 people have died from it, according to the WHO. The WHO is working to confront this pandemic by strengthening health systems and looking for treatments and vaccines.
Efforts to flatten the curve seem to be working throughout the world. In China, the initial epicenter of the virus, new infections have plummeted and infections seem to be dropping in New York, the viral epicenter in the United States.
By visiting Global Citizen’s "Together At Home" campaign page, you can learn more about the coronavirus and find ways to get involved in your community.
The "Together At Home" series has featured dozens of artists and influencers, including Chris Martin, John Legend, Charlie Puth, Camila Cabello alongside Shawn Mendes, Lindsey Sterling, Kerry Washington, Chloe X Halle, H.E.R., and more.
There are many more virtual events to come this week, including these sets on Friday:
- Carla Morrison at 12:30 p.m. PT / 3:30 p.m. ET
- Barenaked Ladies at 3:00 p.m. PT / 6:00 p.m. ET
- Ha*Ash at 4 p.m. PT / 7 p.m. ET
You can see all of Global Citizen's COVID-19 coverage here.