Heart Support, founded by Jake Luhrs of August Burns Red, is an organisation that brings the conversation of mental health into the music community with aims of providing every music fan who has ever struggled through addiction, depression, and suicide ideation, with hope by uniting the best bands in the industry and fans alike to create a community working for positive change in the world.
Following Black Friday and Cyber Tuesday, Heart Support has jumped on “Giving Tuesday” (an international day of donating and supporting your favorite movements and charities) to bring further awareness and action to mental illnesses of any kind. This they’ve done with the release of their short film “Love, Maggie”, showing the difficulties so many people go through every day. Give the film your time below. It’s worth it.
Heart Support themselves state that with a rampant rise in mental health issues across the globe ranging from suicide, self-harm and depression, even to shootings and violence, we need as many people as possible in the fight for mental health. According to Psychology Today, “the average high school kid today has the same level of anxiety as the average psychiatric patient in the early 1950s.” 61% of college students surveyed in 2014 reported overwhelming anxiety within the last year and 35.5% said they “felt so depressed that it was difficult to function.” Furthermore, 1 in 4 men in the UK are turning to self-harm and suicide remains the second largest cause of death among men and women ranging 15-24.
With this in mind, you may be asking yourself “What can I do?”. Well, you can help Heart Support and indeed the wider battle with mental illness by sharing the cause on your respective platforms. In addition, a fundraising page has been established with exclusive perks up for grabs including stickers, T-shirts, concert tickets, concert laminates, signed albums from August Burns Red, handwritten lyrics, and a chance to win a golden ticket with Jake Luhrs from August Burns Red for dinner, hangouts, backstage and all access one evening, while participating in a movement that truly matters and supporting a positive change by joining the other troops battling for mental health. And as Heart Support themselves say; “Hold The Line and Join The Fight”. After all, each of us knows someone in Maggie’s situation.