Alex Boyé Promotes Global Suicide Awareness in New Video, “Bend Not Break”
September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, and singer Alex Boyé is doing his part to get this important message to the masses.
For the production of his new video, Boyé partnered with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and former American Idol judge Randy Jackson. In the video description Boyé declared, “My purpose for this video is to help save lives. Even if it can save just one, then we have done something great.”
The video for “Bend Not Break” shows a teen girl battling with suicidal thoughts and realizing after all that life is worth living. Although the video is not based on what happened at Herriman High School in Utah, Boyé wanted to involve the students of the school, which lost seven kids to suicide last year. “Music to me is therapy, so I thought how awesome would it be if I could bring this song to the community,” said Boyé.
Teddy Hodges, organizer and founder of Herriman Community Awareness Group told News4Utah, “We need to have a real, true discussion about it. It affects everybody. Everybody has some sort of depression or some sort of loneliness feeling at any point in their time.”
Along with Boyé’s video, he posted, “Every 40 seconds, someone in the world dies by suicide. If you are in crisis, please call the NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741.”
Watch the video for “Bend Not Break” and read some selected comments below.
Boyé asked people to share their stories in the comments for his YouTube video and received heartfelt replies such as the following:
“As a survivor of a suicide attempt in 1993, I can say that I am grateful that God stepped in and I survived. Since I have gone on to have three beautiful children and do way more with my life than I thought I could at that time. If you can help one person it might change the world or it might go on to help change the world of more people than you can count.”
“You wanted my story, so here it is: a year ago, I tried to leave this world. I failed, was taken to a hospital, and got a therapist. It has been a very rough recovery, but recovered I have. Life continues to be a battle, but one I want to fight.”
“My daughter Amber was one of these statistics. Fifteen years old and been gone three impossibly long years now. I couldn't watch all of your video but my heartfelt thanks for doing it - Awareness is the only way forward. And for anyone out there where my daughter was - Stop, think - Please. It's more than your own life you'll destroy.”
“When I was a teenager and again when I was a young adult, I chose suicide twice without success. I just wanted the pain to end. I didn't change my mind and no one stopped me. It didn't change my feelings but for some reason, it just wasn't my time yet. So I prayed. I told Him I would stay here as long as it's His will and do whatever He commands. My life is His and not mine anymore. I kept that promise and never tried suicide again or even considered it a choice. Jesus Christ taught me, I have other choices. Over forty years later, I have experienced more than I could imagine and learned more than I thought was possible.”
“Thank you so much for this song. My mother committed suicide. This song has the ability to brighten my day...but most importantly it sheds light on inner struggle. I believe this song could save someone. Thank you”