I think it’s safe to say that we all have had moments when we wanted to end it all. I know I’d be lying if I said I didn’t think about it from time to time. Remember when we were kids and we thought adults knew everything and we believed our parents when they told us that everything would be okay? By now, I think we all know what a crock of shit that was. Truth is, life is hard. Growing up, making friends, school work, bullying, heartbreak, college, more work, more bills, more heartbreak, death, disease, more heartbreak. It makes you wonder why the hell we are here.
I’m not trying to bum you out. I just want you to know that you’re not alone. I’ve met quite a few people in the local music scene that have gone through so much shit and wanted to end it. I’m so glad they didn’t. Hell, I’m glad I didn’t. We’re still here, living life and bonding over something beautiful- music.
River Banks of Augusta rock band Second Sight has worked his ass off to bring the local rock scene back to the Augusta, and he is putting on a show to raise money for the You Rock Foundation for suicide awareness. The You Rock Foundation (https://www.facebook.com/pg/YouRockFNDN) spreads awareness about mental health using interviews from bands and artists as a way to break the ice and create conversations about mental health and suicide. The foundation will receive a lot of support this Saturday, October 7th as local rockers take the stage at Shenanigans in Augusta for Rockers for Life.
Loki, Arta’sin, Second Sight and Dirty Rotten Winter (all from the Augusta area) will be melting faces and giving a collective “fuck off” to suicide. As someone who lost her mother to suicide, this makes me incredibly happy. Doors open for the show at 7pm and the rawk starts at 8pm. It’s a 21+ show, so make sure to have your ID ready. While it is FREE admission, they will be taking donations for the You Rock Foundation and there will also be a 50/50 raffle that will be used to help donate to local mental health services.
A fun night with 4 local rock bands to help spread awareness about suicide prevention? Um, can it get any better (I hope you read that in a Chandler Bing voice)? Hell yes, it can! Nick Penney: Human Marvel will be performing an amazing act for you! This dude swallows swords and fire, sticks his face on broken glass, and will probably let you staple money to his body (I stapled $2 to his chest back in July…). He appeared on Ripley’s Believe It or Not! This dude is insane, and it’s awesome. You gotta be there.
Oh, and I’m your emcee for the evening. I apologize in advance.
So I guess what I’m saying is, get your ass to Shenanigans in Augusta this Saturday night and let’s end the stigma surrounding mental health and suicide. Let’s punch the stigma right in the face with our horns held high.