On September 22, local gig production teams will come together to present Live ; Live – A Mental Health Awareness Gig Series in saGuijo, Makati. Six musical acts and four guest speakers will be making appearances for the first instalment of the gig series.

Mental Health and Music

In the span of two months, the music industry lost two beloved icons: Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington and Soundgarden/Audioslave’s Chris Cornell. The public knew of the pair’s close friendship, sparking theories that Cornell’s suicide may have affected Bennington.

Cornell hung himself in his Michigan hotel room on May 17. The 52-year old musician left behind a wife, three children, and thousands of fans devastated. He never hid his history of addiction and his family believes that he suffered side effects from either Ativan or other substances. Two months later, on Cornell’s birthday, Bennington suffered the same fate at his home in California. In his last interview, he spoke of his long struggle with depression and how therapy helped him get past that dark phase in his life.

“I came to a point in my life where I was like, ‘I can either just give up and fucking die or I can fucking fight for what I want.'”

This isn’t the first instance of musicians dealing with mental illnesses. For example, Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain and Joy Division’s Ian Curtis committed suicide at the age of 27 and 24 respectively. Take note that both bands were quickly peaking, proving that money and fame aren’t enough to take a person out of their depression.

Live ; Live

Even in 2017, the stigma of mental health lives on in the Philippines. Hopeline, the country’s first 24/7 suicide prevention hotline, only opened last year. Regardless, citizens are still doing everything they can to remove the negative connotation of mental health in the country. In 2012, as many as seven Filipinos committed suicide everyday. Mental illnesses will choose anyone as their victim; there is no specific demographic.

Red Ninja Production, Move Forward Productions, and Raccoon Productions are collaborating to bring Live ; Live. Runway Crimes, Coeli, Carlos Castano, TheSunManager, Pamphleteer, and Tom’s Story will be performing for the saGuijo chapter on Septmber 22. Mental health talks from John Mari Marcelo, Carlos Castaño, Bea Lorenzo, and the Youth for Mental Health Coalition will also be done during the event.

The entrance fee of P250 will come with one drink and the proceeds will go to the National Center for Mental Health. Donations are also more than welcome.