Local teens, Sydney (19) and Brayden (17) Guerrette use their love for music to advocate for young people during National Suicide Awareness Month.
Suicide, the second leading cause of death in their generation, claimed the lives of 6,488 people aged 10 to 24 in 2019. In the same year, the brother-sister duo traveled the country sharing their music in hope to help other teens. see that they are not alone in their mental health problems.
In recognition of National Suicide Prevention Month, Sydney and Brayden, through their non-profit organization Be the change Youth initiative, are committed to raising funds for state and national organizations raising the conversation about mental health and suicide prevention, particularly To Write Love On Her Arms and Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network.
Throughout September, Sydney and Brayden will donate the proceeds of their regular musical performances to this fundraising initiative, including their house shows and Sunday brunch at the Edwin Hotel. They will also be hosting a fundraising event at The Spot on September 22 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
If you or someone you know is suffering from suicidal thoughts, please call 1-855-274-7471 or send the letter “TN” to 741 741. Do not fight alone.