Right now the rock community have never been closer, with tragedy after tragedy happening at the
moment everyone has really pulled together to help each other out. It’s been amazing to see, but
even before, there has always been one thing bringing everyone in this music scene together.
Fans of the rock and metal genre have always strongly related to their favourite bands and artists.
Anytime they needed help they’d turn to the love and wisdom of their favourite band. It’s becoming
more and more common that people talk about how music has saved their lives and how much it
has helped them through dark times, which is always emotional to hear.
Bands and artist have always been there for their fans and done anything they can to help them out,
after all without their fans a band would be nothing. Songs have been written about fans, and
written to help them. Everything a band does is for their fans. It’s amazing to see how close people
have become because of the music and how much it has affected so many people’s lives. But it’s also
very sad to see how many young people on the scene have been affected by bad things in their lives
and how they have only had the music to turn to when they needed someone.
Bands and other organisations however are doing more and more to try and help these people.
The Never Say Die! Tour put on yearly by Impericon has recently come to an end for the year. Never
Say Die has always been about helping people through music and the tour has been put on every
year for a number of years to show this. For the past couple of years they have been joined on tour
by an American Charity called Hope for the Day. Hope for the Day is a non-profit organisation that
is all about depression awareness and suicide prevention. They are an inspiring charity who
promote positivity and change. Along with everyone on the music scene they want depression and
suicide rates to drop.
Every year suicide takes the lives of 800,000 plus people globally, and is the second leading cause of
death in 15-24 year olds. LGBT youth are 4 times more likely to attempt suicide. Every 13.3 minutes
someone dies from suicide. It doesn’t need to be this bad.
Hope for the Day joined the Never Say Die! Tour for the second year running to raise awareness for
everyone struggling with depression and how they can help. They spoke to as many struggling fans
as they could in order to help. A representative for the Charity even came on stage in between
bands to inspire fans to get the help they need and that there is always someone there that they can
The charity are all about getting help through self-expression, and music is a huge thing people use
to express themselves.
Music and the arts are the most popular ways of expressing yourself and getting emotions out.
Bands and musicians have spoken a lot about their struggles and how music has helped them along
the way. They’ve discussed how they’ve seen fans struggle and how that has effected them and
really opened their eyes to how common and bad depression is now days. They want to show
people that it’s okay not to be okay and that they can get through it just like their idols have. Things
do get better and holding on is the only way to ensure that.
It’s okay not to be okay and it’s okay to get help.
If you or anyone you know are thinking about suicide, please call one of these numbers or a similar
helpline available in your country –
US (National Suicide Prevention) - 1-800-273-8255
UK (London Samaritans) - 020 77342800
Australia (Lifeline) – 13 11 14
Germany (TelefonSeelsorge) - 0800/111 0111
France (SOS Amitie) - 01 42 96 26 26
Holland (113 Online) - 0900 0113
Spain (Telefono De La Esperanza) - 902 500 002
Switzerland (ParsPas) - 027 321 21 21
Italy (Telefono Amico) - 1 99 284 284
Sweden (Kyrkans Jourtjänst) - 031-800 650
Norway (Kirken SOS) - 815 33 300
Finland (Helsinki Mission) - 045-3410 583
Poland (Child and Youth services) – 116111
Austria (Telefonseelsorge) - 142
All information found for this article comes from the Hope for the Day website -
Written by Hannah Smith
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