The Bemidji State University Student Senate Association (BSUSA) will host the One More Light Music Festival to help spread awareness about mental health acceptance and suicide prevention at Bemidji State and in the surrounding community. The music festival will take place on Oct. 11 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. on the lakeside lawn of the Hobson Memorial Union.
The song “One More Light”, performed by the band Linkin Park, was released in Oct. 2017. Before the song was released to the public, the band’s lead singer, Chester Bennington, passed away by suicide. After it’s release, the song quickly became an anthem for suicide prevention and awareness across the nation prompting Linkin Park to start the One More Light Fund. The Fund works with 320 Changes Direction, a collaboration between Bennington’s wife, Talinda Bennington, and The Campaign to Change Direction, an organization that seeks to change the culture of mental health in the United States and helps those in need receive treatment and support. The One More Light Fund and 320 Changes Direction raise awareness for mental health to help individuals and families cope with mental and emotional struggles, including suicide.
“Students at BSU really care about mental health and they want to see improvements made on campus,” said Tsonda Martin, BSUSA chief of staff. “The support of every student and faculty member has been awe-inspiring. We hope this event is going to help spark the conversation on campus about mental health and show many, that there is a community that supports you and accepts you for who you are.”
Headlining the One More Light Festival will be regional artist Corey Medina. Bemidji State alumni, Russell Alan, and other students will also be performing. Attendees can expect a night of music, food, fun and resources for mental health.
“We want this event to be fun and relaxing, but also have serious conversations about mental health here at BSU,” Martin said. “The number one priority of Student Senate this year is mental health on campus. This idea came from the recent passing of a great friend of mine, who passed away by suicide in July.”
The event is free and open to the public. The goal of the event is to open the conversation about mental health to the Bemidji community.
“We want as many people as possible to come together to support this amazing cause. We want this event to also help bridge the gap between the Bemidji community and BSU students, and what better way than music?” Martin said.
Oct. 11 – 6 p.m. — One More Light Festival, Lakeside Lawn, Hobson Memorial Union. Admission: Free. Information: Bemidji State University Student Senate, (218) 755-2099.
- Connor Newby, BSUSA president, firstname.lastname@example.org, 218-755-2099
- Nina Johnson, director of Hobson Union, BSUSA advisor, email@example.com, (218) 755-3766
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