Mental health issues are a reality for millions of people across the country. Young people are especially at risk, with half of college students reporting that they have been stressed to a point where they couldn’t function during the past year. The impact of mental illness is so devastating that suicide is the third leading cause of death among all people ages 15-24.
The good news is that nearly all mental health issues can be improved with proper treatment. When we decrease the stigma around mental health and encourage help-seeking, we can change and save lives. Through Half of Us, mtvU and The JED Foundation aim to initiate a public dialogue to raise awareness about the prevalence of mental health issues and connect students to the appropriate resources to get help.
SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education) and The Jed Foundation (JED), two of the nation’s leading suicide prevention organizations partnered to create Beat the Blues to Save Lives, an uplifting night of great music and entertainment at the world famous B.B. King's Blues Club in Times Square in New York City on Thursday, March 23, 2017. Hosted by CNN's Emmy Award winning anchor, Randi Kaye and inviting some of the top names in the music industry to the stage to perform their iconic songs and share their personal messages of hope and inspiration around beating depression and raising awareness for suicide prevention.