Musician wants to draw attention to suicide prevention with music video
Musicians often try to tell a story with their songs, but Brian Byrne hopes his next tune will bring to light the fact that far too many dark stories of suicide exist.
Corner Brook musician Brian Byrne has started the Arizona Project, an initiative to raise funds for suicide prevention and awareness. — Western Star file photo
Byrne has started an initiative called the Arizona Project. It involves asking people to share their stories of how suicide has affected their lives.
The plan is to put together a series of uploaded videos to create a music video for his song “Arizona (I Miss You Most).”
All of the proceeds from sales of the song will go towards supporting suicide prevention and awareness through the work of a group dedicated to the cause called Collateral Damage.
To upload a video clip, people should go to www.theocdcollective.com. Byrne’s request is that people upload videos of themselves holding the message “I Miss You Most” dedicated to someone who committed suicide.
He is encouraging people to have their family and friends take part in their video and to include a photo of the person being remembered, if possible.
On the website, Byrne notes that suicide is a leading cause of death in Canada, especially among those who have served in the military or as first responders and among aboriginal youth.
“Yet we are reluctant to talk about suicide,” he wrote on the project’s website. “We avoid the ‘s’ word. And while we are afraid to talk about it, more lives are being taken.”