So it’s September – and for the Grieve To list – that means our thoughts turn to suicide.
Yep – if you didn’t know – September is Suicide Awareness Month – it’s also National Suicide Prevention Month and in fact right now – between the 8th and the 14th – it’s actually National Suicide Prevention Week. If you are in any doubt as to the impact suicide has on society – spend a minute here: Suicide Statistics – the rate inches up every year – and as a middle aged white male – well – I’m slap bang in the highest risk group.
We’ve written about suicide a fair bit on the playlist – sharing tracks from Avicii and Scott Hutchison’s Frightened Rabbit as they took their own lives – even commenting on the passing of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain through the lens of Chloé Charody’s beautiful Variations on an Epitaph – and of course – we’ll always come back to Robb Murphy’s insightful Sleep Tonight and the work he did with the Belfast Samaritans.
I guess the point I’m making here is – Suicide is shit – it’s shit all round and yet – there is something we can do – and that’s talk about it – don’t hide it – don’t stigmatize it and treat it as something shameful. While there are thousands of online resources for people thinking of suicide – it’s often the case that they don’t go looking for them. There are similar resources for those who love someone they think might be considering suicide – just go google: “what should I do if I think my friend is thinking of suicide?”
Which brings us to this week’s track.
As with last week we’re making a break from the traditional maudlin song and moving to a far more accessible – (at least for people under 30) – acoustic hip hop sound. Part of a broader story told throughout the album, Open Letter is indeed directed to God & anybody who has walked this path will recognize the sentiment and the anguish.
I’ve been sitting on this track for a while, knowing that I might bring it out during September. What resonated with me was this:
And that’s why this track is on the list – it’s the hook – its the hook that’s going to stay with you:
“I promise it’ll be OK – don’t be afraid.
I promise I’ll make a way and you’ll see brighter days…”
Because it doesn’t matter what you believe – whether you worship a cross, a star, a crescent or a standing stone in a field – sometimes all you need to hear is that it is going to be OK. And again – it doesn’t matter whether you necessarily believe that at the time – the fact that someone’s there – talking with you, telling you what perhaps – they believe – then maybe – just maybe that’s enough to get you through.
Here’s the number and link to The Samaritans UK
From any phone just dial – 116 123
Here’s the link to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
1-800 273 8255