TICONDEROGA - A Ticonderoga man has organized this year's annual Kristin Brooks Hope Center and To Write Love on Her Arms suicide prevention music tour.
Robert Pell-Dechame is the driving force behind the tour, headlined by the band Blue October. The tour will travel to 20 markets nationwide through Nov. 21.
Hollywood veteran James Earl Jones recorded the public service announcements that will be part of the tour.
"This tour and partnership assures that our message of suicide prevention will reach 18-24 year olds," Pell-Dechame said. "As suicide is the second leading cause of death for this hard to reach age group we know that our message will be delivered through organizations they respect and through vehicles they embrace."
Currently, 1-800-SUICIDE receives up to 2,000 calls daily with one out of four calls being from a veteran or a member of a military family.
"This high volume speaks to the need for private confidential crisis intervention services as well as the continued stigma within the military to openly seek services for mental health issues resulting from military action and deployment," Pell-Dechame said. "A large number of our enlisted service members as well as their families are also aged 18-24. As these brave individuals reintegrate into their families and communities, they need support equal to the commitment they made for our nation."
The tour takes place as the Kristin Brooks Hope Center celebrates the 10-year anniversary of its music outreach to educate the public about the prevention of suicide and the need for better awareness and training to recognize the warning signs of people at risk for self harm.
KBHC is the founder of 1-800-SUICIDE, which to date has answered more three million calls from individuals in crisis and is credited for directly saving more than 5,000 lives.
Justin Furstenfeld, lead singer and songwriter for Blue October, will perform an acoustic set of Blue October's best known songs that deal with depression and suicide