On Nov. 22, The Crux will be host to an event meant to open the eyes and minds of those in attendance. Something quite a few people are uncomfortable acknowledging: suicide. There will be a benefit concert being put on by the Suicide Prevention Action Network (SPAN) of Idaho.

The event, “Save The One” will feature local bands who support this cause. Attendees will also be able to hear guest speakers talking about topics like mental health and suicide prevention.

“Suicide prevention and mental health are topics very close to my heart.” said Tyler Shockey, a junior health science major. “I found myself wanting to spread awareness  and became involved with SPAN Idaho this year.”

Shockey also plays drums and piano in the band A Sea of Glass, one of the bands that will be performing at the show. Shockey has a personal connection to the event, having struggled with similar issues himself.

“For quite a few years, I have struggled with extreme anxiety and depression.” said Shockey. “My mind can turn into a tempest.”

SPAN regularly hosts events around Idaho to help raise awareness and educate the community about mental illness.

“I think we should start talking openly about mental illness and depression and help people find support and counseling before its too late.” said Gabriel Rudow, a graduate student in the Masters of Health Science program who has been helping out with SPAN’s upcoming event at The Crux. “My understanding is (SPAN) helps to raise awareness about suicide prevention and try to reduce the stigma of mental illness.”

The concert will feature the bands Grand Falconer, A Sea of Glass and Spencer Rule. While the show is completely free, those in attendance are encouraged to purchase tickets will enter them into a raffle. All of the proceeds of the event will go to SPAN Idaho.

Having dealt with depression and anxiety firsthand, Shockey knows what its  like to feel as though there is no way out. He explained his ordeal and hopes that others going through it can seek help without feeling embarrassed when doing so.

“I get lost in the storm and believe that I am alone in this and I will never make it out. But its a lie. You can make it out. And you are not alone.” Shockey said. “We need to start talking about mental health. We need to erase the stigma that surrounds mental illnesses.”

For more information on this event, visit The Crux’s Facebook page. To learn more about SPAN Idaho, and to get involved, visit www.spanidaho.org.