Utah artist pro­mot­ing sui­cide pre­ven­tion through new al­bum

Serve Daily - - EMPOWERING LIBERTY - By Dana Robin­son

Jhonny K, whose roots run deep in the mu­sic in­dus­try, also has roots that run deep when it comes to sui­cide. He lost his un­cle to sui­cide when just a boy, two short years ago two of his best friends took their own lives, and while in Chicago as a coun­selor for trou­bled teens he saw his group size shrink due to death by drug over­dose.

Jhonny re­turned to Utah in 2010 af­ter living in Chicago and Nashville for a pe­riod of time and plans to stay and work in the state, which has a sui­cide rate con­sis­tently higher than the U.S. rate for the last decade.

With friends in the mu­sic in­dus­try, Jhonny has cre­ated an al­bum ti­tled “ARISE.” He and artists Jodi Lee, Mal­lory Own­bey, DJ Pre­ston Lee and pro­ducer Randy Slaugh have cre­ated this eclec­tic al­bum of coun­try, pop, hip-hop/pos­i­tive rap and rock.

The artists col­lec­tively de­cided that all pro­ceeds from al­bum sales will go di­rectly to or­ga­ni­za­tions to help pre­vent sui­cide. None of the artists on the al­bum or the pro­ducer are tak­ing a dime. The main bene­fac­tor in Utah will be Hope4U­tah (www.hope4u­tah.com) and on a na­tional level the Amer­i­can Foun­da­tion for Sui­cide Pre­ven­tion.

Jhonny hopes that the mu­sic and mes­sage of the al­bum and the or­ga­ni­za­tion he has cre­ated will at­tract spon­sors so that he can mount a mu­sic/mes­sage as­sem­bly deal­ing with de­pres­sion and sui­cide pre­ven­tion that can be pre­sented in schools start­ing in Septem­ber of this year. He feels strongly that time is of the essence with sui­cide be­ing the sec­ond lead­ing cause of death among youth 10 to 17 and young adults 18 to 24.

The as­sem­blies would begin in Utah, ex­pand to neigh­bor­ing states and hope­fully within two years be in schools across the coun­try.

Along with the as­sem­blies in the schools, the goal is to make the mes­sage of ARISE avail­able to the gen­eral public in spon­sored con­cert events where the ticket sales would be do­nated to sui­cide pre­ven­tion pro­grams in the lo­cal schools.

“The main mission of ARISE is to reach out to two groups of peo­ple, those who have lost some­one to sui­cide and those who strug­gle with sui­ci­dal thoughts and ac­tions. One of our pri­mary goals is to connect those in need to cred­i­ble lo­cal sup­port pro­grams, non­prof­its and so­cial work­ers who can and will help. ARISE hopes to help build a com­mu­nity where we do not judge each other but rather sup­port each other in tri­als and suc­cesses,” Jhonny K said.

The al­bum ARISE will be on sale on their web­site (www.arise­withus.com) March 2.

Jhonny K

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