LOCAL ARTISTS RAISE SUICIDE AWARENESS WITH COLLEGE CONCERT
HOUSTON, TEXAS – To increase awareness about suicide prevention resources and support available to college students, Houston based lyricists and spoken word artists Cooley Kimble, Bigg Fatts, Express and Sho Stoppa are presenting a suicide awareness concert at Texas Southern University on February 5, 2014. These artists are partnering with The Ashley Jadine Foundation to encourage students to utilize verbal and artistic expression as an emotional outlet during the “Release Therapy Concert.”
This event will feature performances from each of the partnering artists and a few special performances. Guest speakers including a representative from The Ashley Jadine Foundation will share information regard suicide statistics, available mental health resources and the benefits of communicating with counselors and school staff regarding depression.
“Greater awareness is needed about […]our response to those who express feelings of depression and a desire to harm themselves or others.,” said Cheryl Duncan, founder of The Ashley Jadine Foundation. “Until our family was touched by suicide, I was not aware of the astounding statistics or profound and lasting affects. In 1995, my sister committed suicide at age 31. Years later, my daughter, Ashley, did the same. When Ashley began showing signs of depression, I was quickly educated on the difficulties of navigating the system trying to get help for a teen with mental health issues and emotional instability.”
National data on suicides:
Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in the United States, with one suicide occurring on average every 15.2 minutes.
Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death among 15- to 24-year-olds.
The elderly make up 12.6 percent of the population, but comprise 15.7 percent of all suicides.
Approximately 900,000 Americans attempt suicide each year.
It is estimated that five million living Americans have attempted to kill themselves.
Every year in the United States, more than 17,000 men and women kill themselves with a gun, two-thirds more than the number who use a gun to kill another person.
An estimated 4.6 million Americans are survivors of the suicide of a friend, family member, or loved one.
The sponsoring companies for this suicide awareness concert include Cooley Kimble, TSU UPC, The Good Company and TrueSole Entertainment. This event will be open to all Texas Southern University students and free to the public and media with RSVP to Release.Therapy8@Gmail.com.
We would appreciate you supporting this event by publishing it on your website or more importantly, attending the festivities.
For more information on The Ashley Jadine Foundation contact:
Ashley Jadine Foundation
Tel: (713) 320-8815
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