Heart Support, the mental health centered organization founded by August Burns Red’s Jake Luhrs, hosted a Flourish Gala. The gala’s speakers, panelists and attendees including iconic metal musicians like Matty Mullins (Memphis May Fire), Austin Carlile (former Attack Attack and Of Mice & Men), Garrett Russell (Silent Planet) and Ryan Kirby (Fit For A King).
“Last night at our Flourish Gala, Dr. Michelle Saari asked everyone in the room to raise their hand if they or someone they love has struggled with mental illness. Every. Single. Hand. Went. Up,” Heart Support shared on their Instagram. “She then asked how many people have lost someone they love to suicide, another room full of hands. This is a crisis. Our country is HURTING. We each have the opportunity to heal. It starts with love.”
The gala built community, awareness and raised funds for Heart Support’s ongoing initiatives, which include awareness initiatives, crisis response and an upcoming festival launch. You can learn more and donate by visiting heartsupport.com/mta.
“It was such an honor to be able to share my heart along side these fellas last night at the @heartsupport Gala! I couldn’t be more proud of @jakeluhrsabr & the HS team,” Matty Mullins shared after the event.
It was a sentiment Garrett Russell, who has a Masters in psychology, also shared. “They have created, and continue to foster a community that plays an instrumental role in the lives of so many people. I’ve personally met several people who are alive due to their work.”