Mental Health is a crucial topic in need of open conversation, and musicians are not exempt to this. Fame and fortune become fickle in the face of this struggle. For Suicide Awareness Month, a mission throughout September, rockstars speak out to illuminate their own struggles, but also to inspire their community to speak out as well.
Always an advocate for this cause, Lzzy Hale of Halestorm was one of the first to take action. On September 9th, Lzzy joined in on a two hour broadcast on with a surplus of other musicians to discuss mental health and the importance of not keeping it bottled up. "Find your therapy, find that thing, you know, that makes you you, that makes you feel better, and do that," she shares. "Let's make sure that whoever is struggling knows that they are not alone."
Following this, Lzzy took to her online Diary to share a much deeper, more personal story. "Before the start of this record I was in a dark place. And this time, I wasn't sure if I could fight my way out," she recalls. "What people don't tell you about depression is that it's not like this big even happens and all of a sudden you are sad. It starts very small, picking at you piece by piece, compounding on itself, and by the time you realize what's happening the beast has gotten so big that it's unrecognizable...like a thick fog all around you until you can no longer see the way home."
Knowing this feeling first hand, and knowing the danger of keeping it quiet, Lzzy took to social media, promoting her unique and personal movement, #RaiseYourHorns. This was met with endless selfies, stories, and songs from fans and musicians alike.
Brent Smith and Eric Bass of Shinedown also shared some personal insight into their new hit "GET UP" off of the album 'ATTENTION ATTENTION.' Brent reveals that he wrote the lyrics as a witness to the struggles Eric endured with depression.
Eric adds, "We're writing our experiences down and performing them through music. If a kid can listen to our song and go, 'He's writing about something that he knows that he's lived through, and I've lived through the same thing,' it gives them hope."
This one song has been changing lives since the very first note, both for the fans as well as the band members. This impact led to the fan created #GETUP movement, which took off among listeners, and grabbed the attention of the band as well.
#GETUP & #RaiseYourHorns | #SuicidePreventionMonth
These artists are revolutionizing the mental health stigma from the inside out. A simple song, a photo, a blog, even a hashtag - all hold the immense potential and possibility to bring about real change. Rockers, head-bangers, and strangers to the scene come together in Unity. So #GETUP and #RaiseYourHorns for #SuicidePreventionMonth - and every month.