On Friday, February 7 , Samora Pinderhughes will perform at the first ever “ Feedback Session ” -- a series being produced by Sounds of Saving .  Joining him on stage will be Kate Mattison of 79.5 .  The show takes place at Brooklyn ’s National Sawdust at 8pm and tickets are available here . The night will also feature the premiere of Samora’s video for his track “ Inertia ,” and a poetry reading by Theo LeGro .  A roundtable discussion between the artists (and the audience) focusing on their own struggles with mental health issues will follow the performances and the event will be moderated by Robert Galligan , a psychologist in private practice in Brooklyn NY.

Feedback Sessions by Sounds of Saving is a live performance series that unabashedly confronts issues in mental wellness affecting creatives and audiences alike. For the February 7 event they will explore a theme that is often ignored: how do we keep going when life becomes so heavy that all we want to do is nothing? Artists and spectators will be invited to explore the realities of overcoming the overwhelming pull of inertia in the face of challenges - whether in life or within themselves – that feel insurmountable. 

In addition, Sounds of Saving is thrilled to announce a partnership with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline . Together, they will work with musicians to produce and release three videos in 2020 that feature “how a song found them at the right time” and share how they have managed to cope and even thrive in the face of difficult times and emotional crisis. The partnership aligns with the Lifeline’s message that healing, hope, and help are happening every day. For every one person that dies by suicide, 280 people think seriously about suicide but go on to live out their lives. These are untold stories that must be shared.

Amplifying the voices of those who have experienced crisis and gotten through it can help change the conversation around mental health and suicide prevention ,” Frances Gonzalez, Senior Director of Marketing and Communications for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and Vibrant Emotional Health said. “ We look forward to partnering with Sounds of Saving to show how creativity and hope can be part of the conversation and can help others get through crisis .”
Sounds of Saving was founded by Nick Greto and Charlie Gross and they note, “ we know that when artists speak up about their struggles with mental health, it combats stigma, sparks conversation, and motivates people to seek help. Our goal in creating these videos is to reach viewers and fans with authentic and meaningful stories that inspire resilience, help-seeking, and hope ."

If you or someone you know is in emotional distress  or suicidal crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to connect with a trained counselor. The service is free, 24/7, confidential, and available across the United States.

About Sounds of Saving:
Sounds of Saving  fuels hope both by celebrating the power of human connection to music, and by directing people towards the resources they need before it’s too late. 

All proceeds from SoS Feedback Sessions will support the nonprofit’s creation of an easily-accessible online platform to bring stories, support, and resources to creatives and all people seeking a way through the darkness.

About the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential emotional support and crisis counseling to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, across the United States. The Lifeline is a national network of over 150 local crisis centers, uniting local resources with national standards and best practices. Funded by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and administered by Vibrant Emotional Health, the Lifeline is a leader in suicide prevention and mental health crisis care. Since its inception in 2005, the Lifeline has engaged in innovative public messaging, development of best practices in mental health, creative partnerships, and more to improve crisis services and advance suicide prevention for all.

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Lisa Gottheil