The grim reality of suicide has inspired top artists to take part in 4th annual TAKE ACTION TOUR 2003. Presented by Sub City Records, a division of Hopeless Records, the TAKE ACTION TOUR raises awareness and funds for The National Hopeline Network 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433) which is managed by Kristin Brooks Hope Center. Confirmed artists on this year's tour include: Poison The Well, Dillinger Escape Plan, Further Seems Forever, Avenged Sevenfold, Shadows Fall, Death By Stereo, Eighteen Visions, Shai Hulud, This Day Forward, Since By Man and Black Cross, with more bands to be announced. The TAKE ACTION TOUR launches September 11 in Minneapolis and wraps October 12 in Seattle. A special Internet-only pre-sale will be available exclusively at www.takeactiontour.com from July 22-25. Tickets will officially go on sale July 26 and will be available through Ticketmaster, Musictoday and www.takeactiontour.com.
In addition to the annual cross-country tour, many bands have contributed songs to the TAKE ACTION! VOLUME 3 compilation. The double CD features Thrice, Poison The Well, Thursday, Good Riddance, The Ataris, Rufio, Further Seems Forever, Avenged Sevenfold, Yellowcard, Boy Sets Fire, Cursive and The Division of Laura Lee, to name just a few. TAKE ACTION! VOLUME 3 is due out September 9 on Sub City Records, a division of Hopeless Records that raises funds for various non-profit organizations. Since it's inception in 1999, Sub City Records has presented three Take Action Tours, released 22 records and raised over $300,000 for charities.
Bonus materials on this year's TAKE ACTION! VOLUME 3 compilation include multimedia content of the book Suicide: The Forever Decision by Paul Quinnett, PH.D, plus resources, petitions and access to a depression screening tool which helps the person self-test for depression. A portion of the proceeds earned by the sale of this compact disc compilation will be donated to the National Hopeline Network 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433), which is managed by Kristin Brooks Hope Center.
Last year's TAKE ACTION TOUR and CD compilation was a great success with participating bands including Anti-Flag, The Bouncing Souls, Cursive, The Donnas, From Autumn To Ashes, The (International) Noise Conspiracy, Jimmy Eat World, Le Tigre, Poison The Well, The Promise Ring, Snapcase and Thursday. For last year's tour, donations totaled $48,452.04. In addition, 35,796 tickets were sold, 29,738 petitions mental health petitions were signed and submitted to the senate appropriations committee and Soundscan sales for the Plea For Peace/Take Action Vol. 2 CD totaled $240,149 (with sales continuing to grow each week).
The music industry has lost many artists to both suicide and drug use--a more drawn--out version of suicide. According to the U.S. Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, suicide claims the lives of an average of 30,000 Americans per year including roughly 5,000 young people. The Institute Of Medicine has documents that suicide is the second leading cause of death for college students and there are an estimated 650,000 hospitalizations each year in the U.S. related to suicide. Former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher states, "Suicide claims the lives of more teenagers and young adults than all the natural forms of death in young people today."
Founded by H. Reese Butler II in 1998--who named the center for his wife who died by suicide after complications with a severe case of post-partum depression--The Kristin Brooks Hope Center provides free national access to suicide crisis counseling through The National Hopeline Network 1-800 SUICIDE (784-2433). This is a network of local suicide prevention centers that are certified by national accrediting agencies such as the American Association of Suicidology, Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, Council on Accreditation, Contact USA and the Joint Commission on Hospital Accreditation. When someone in crisis calls the toll-free number 1-800 SUICIDE (784-2433), a sophisticated computer routes the call automatically to the closest suicide crisis center resulting in greater effect. Since its launch in September of 1998, the network has routed more than 725,000 calls and this number continues to grow by 30,000 a month. An important goal of the Kristin Brooks Hope Center is to eliminate the stigma associated with mental health by creating awareness of the network those in crisis will know where to turn.
The TAKE ACTION TOUR is made possible through the sponsor support of Hot Topic, Tower Records, Etnies, Alternative Press, Hopeless Records, Revelation Records, Equalvision Records, TrustKill and Epitaph Records.
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