Today I helped raise awareness for mental illness and suicide prevention with several other area artists. When I was first asked by a friend to be a part of this event, I was more than happy to say yes as both of these issues have affected my family in multiple ways throughout our lives. I have actually lost a family member to suicide, and happened to sing at their funeral. It was so heartbreaking to see all the heartache and confusion in my family's eyes as I sang, and it is definitely a moment I will probably never forget because it was by far one of the hardest things I have ever had to do in my life. I feel so honored and am so glad I had the chance to be a part of this event because it was a great way to spread the word about this awareness, and I feel that it is important for us to get as many people as possible involved so we can reach out and be there for those who are in need of help.