September is National Suicide Prevention Month. In an effort to draw awareness to the issue, today sees Sounds of Saving (SoS), in partnership with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, launch their “Song that Found Me At The Right Time” series with the release of lyricist/ producer/ vocalist KeiyaA revealing her take on Jazime Sullivan’s “Silver Lining.” SoS shares the song by way of a video that also includes an interview with the up and coming artist candidly discusses times of mental health challenges and suicidal thoughts and how she dealt with them.
Sounds of Saving promotes honest, intimate conversations about mental health and emphasizes the impact of music of all genres on human connection, coping during difficult times and maintaining mental wellness. They note, “we see the experience of music both for artists and fans as a way to express and process personal and collective struggles and then to feel less alone in whatever we may be goIng through. SoS connected with KeiyaA after hearing her 2020 album Forever Ya Girl. It was the lyrical content that candidly touches on topics of loss, desperation and ultimately liberation that influenced the SoS / KeiyaA partnership leading to the debut video in its Lifeline “Song That Found Me at the Right Time” series.
About Sounds of Saving: Sounds of Saving (SoS) was founded by Nick Greto and Charlie Gross. The organization successfully launched a campaign that placed free vinyl LPs throughout NYC that included mental health information. They have released 10 “Songs that Found Me” videos and interviews with artists from multiple genres. In 2019 SoS hosted its inaugural “Feedback Sessions” event, which involved musical performance and an open moderated discussion between artists, audience and a psychologist about the theme of “Inertia.”
SoS fuels hope both by celebrating the power of human connection to music, and by directing people towards the resources they need before it’s too late. All donations to SoS will support the nonprofit’s creation of an easily-accessible online platform to bring stories, support, and resources to creatives and all people seeking a way through the darkness.
About the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential emotional support and crisis counseling to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, across the United States. The Lifeline is a national network of over 150 local crisis centers, uniting local resources with national standards and best practices. Funded by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and administered by Vibrant Emotional Health, the Lifeline is a leader in suicide prevention and mental health crisis care. Since its inception in 2005, the Lifeline has engaged in innovative public messaging, development of best practices in mental health, creative partnerships, and more to improve crisis services and advance suicide prevention for all. Suicidepreventionlifeline.org
If you or someone you know is in emotional distress or suicidal crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to connect with a trained counselor. The service is free, 24/7, confidential, and available across the United States.