The metal world lost another music star yesterday when the lead singer of Huntress, Jill Janus, took her own life. In response to this tragic news, the lead singer of Halestorm, Lzzy Hale, has started a mental health campaign called #RaiseYourHorns.
Hale asked the Twitterverse to share photos of themselves raising the horns if they’d ever struggled with mental health issues, hoping to help break the stigma which causes so many to suffer in silence.
Yesterday (Aug. 16) news broke that Jill Janus had committed suicide. Janus’ mental health battles became very public in 2015 when she suddenly ended Huntress. The vocalist had just undergone a hysterectomy due to uterine cancer; at that time she also revealed her struggles with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and dissociative identity disorder. Huntress didn’t end up splitting, remaining active until Janus’ passing.
Hale tweeted out this message to her fans with the following picture below:
“Hey Freaks, I’d like to do something,” Lzzy Hale posted. “I want everyone who has ever struggled with mental health to #RaiseYourHorns take a pic, tag and share it. The more of us that put it out there, the less alone we will all feel & we will be one step closer to breaking the mental health stigma!”
The response was overwhelming as many fans tweeted back pictures of themselves raising the horns and bringing awareness to a real problem affecting our society today.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t post the Suicide Prevention Lifeline number and website below. Just know that no matter what, you are not alone.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We’re committed to improving crisis services and advancing suicide prevention by empowering individuals, advancing professional best practices, and building awareness.
We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.