Mr. Carmack announces You Are Not Alone, a virtual mental health benefit to raise funds for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Update, February 25: Mr. Carmack unveiled the lineup for the You Are Not Alone livestream. Artists including Baauer, Qrion, Louis The Child, Ivy Lab, Flosstradamus, and more will be joining him from 12pm to 12am PT, stay tuned for set times and more!
Previously: As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, even the most sound-of-mind people are struggling. According to the Washington Post, 75% of young people reported struggling with their mental health, with 1 in 4 saying they’ve had suicidal thoughts. It’s heartbreaking. And if you’ve experienced this yourself, you’re NOT alone. Mr. Carmack is looking to help and today, he announced a Virtual Mental Health Benefit livestream to raise awareness for mental health awareness and suicide prevention.
Life as we know it has changed. And with continuous cancellations of live events, the electronic dance community, in particular, is experiencing a jarring and significant loss. On top of everything going on in our individual lives, we collectively lost one of our main outlets for coping and relief – live music events. That’s why we couldn’t be more excited to see this announcement from Mr. Carmack. He has always been openly grateful to share his music with us, and it’s heartwarming to see him giving back to this community.
The initial Instagram post details that You Are Not Alone will feature sets and spoken words from some of the world’s best musical artists, fans, friends, mental health professionals, and sound healers. To put on the livestream, Mr. Carmack and his family have teamed up with Family Reunions, a collective dedicated to bringing people together through live music and contributing to those in need.
All proceeds from You Are Not Alone will go to benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. This organization supports mental health education, advocates for policies surrounding mental health and suicide awareness, and provides support and resources for those who have lost loved ones to suicide.
To get a little taste of normalcy and connection, and to support a great cause, tune in to the You Are Not Alone livestream on Twitch on Saturday, February 27 from 12pm – 12am PT on Twitch.
Mr. Carmack and Family present You Are Not Alone Lineup and Details:
In addition to tuning into the You Are Not Alone, we encourage you to check on your friends and loved ones, and keep the love in the EDM community circulating.
The Virtual Mental Health Benefit will give us a taste of “rave magic,” connection, and support while supporting an amazing cause that can help save lives on a grand scale. In the spirit of the livestream and Mr. Carmack’s message, we urge you to reach out to your loved ones to make sure they know they are loved and cared for in these times.
If you have a positive thought, share it. If you care about someone, tell them. If you need support, we, and Mr. Carmack and Family, sincerely want you to know that you’re not alone. If you’re reading this, just know: you are an integral part of this community. You shape the scene, touch people’s lives, and create meaning every day. We love you, and we hope to connect with you at the livestream!
If you or anyone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis or suicidal thoughts, here are some resources for support:
- The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: Resources for those struggling with suicidal thoughts, concerned about someone who may be experiencing suicidal thoughts, those who have survived an attempt, experienced the loss of a loved one due to suicide, and more. If you’re in a crisis, call 800-273-8255 or text TALK to 741741.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: A network of over 160 crisis center that provides 24/7 support with a free hotline. If you’re experiencing suicidal thoughts or emotional distress, call 1-800-273-8255 for help.
- Trevor Lifeline: The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention to LGBTQ young people under 25. You can reach their service 24/7 by calling 1-866-488-7368, or by texting START to 678678.
- Trans Lifeline: This organization is dedicated to fighting the epidemic of trans suicide and improving the overall life-outcomes of trans people. Their peer support hotline is run by, and for, trans people. The line is available daily from 7am-1am PST at 877-565-8860.