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Foo Fighters Call for Mental Health Awareness

Depression is a disease

September 1, 2017
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It was a rough year for rock. With first losing Chris Cornell and then Chester Bennington, my emotions have been all over the place as I am sure many rockaholics can relate. The only thing that has been a positive is the awareness that has been heightend. 

It's always humbling to hear such an iconic rock band such as Foo Fighters, who have been VERY close to this subject throughout their career, stand up and say something. 

You can read the full transcript here

Basically, Dave Grohl talks about how depression is a disease, and how the first thing he thinks about the friends and family. It must be so hard, I can't even imagine. 

Remember, if you need help, if you are going through some things, there are resources out there for you, and people care. You are worth everything. 

From our website:

If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, there are a number of resources available. First and foremost, you should call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255. They offer free and confidential support if you are in distress or are looking for prevention and crisis resources.

Looking for additional resources? Here are a few:

National Suicide Prevention Lifelife

Suicide Prevention Services of America

Crisis Clinic - Seattle

Veteran’s Crisis Line

What are the warning signs?

Saving the life of someone from suicide depends on our ability to recognize those people who are in distress and may be at risk. The American Association of Suicidology developed a simple tool that is available for everyone to use to remember the warning signs of suicide. This tool is called “IS PATH WARM” and outlines the key points to remember.

I  – Ideation (suicidal thoughts)
S – Substance Abuse

P – Purposelessness
A – Anxiety
T – Trapped
H – Hopelessness/Helplessness

W – Withdrawal
A – Anger
R – Recklessness
M – Mood changes

Seattle’s Out of the Darkness Community Walk will take place on Sunday October 22nd at Fisher Pavillion, and you’re invited to walk in honor of someone you’ve lost to suicide or struggling with a mental illness. This event will be filled with understanding, connection and remembrance.

KISW is here with you, our Rockaholic family. If you’re looking for more information or know of other suicide prevention resources in the greater Puget Sound area, please send us an email. 

- Danny V.