Indiana college students address depression, suicide in music video


INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - This is a difficult time of year for so many people coming off the holidays and dealing with debt or personal loss.

January 16 is "Blue Monday," known as the most depressing day of the year.

And while the month of January is the worst month for suicides, two area college students have come up with a way to raise awareness and help others. Austin Webster and Quinn Cavin produced a music video called "Brighter Days," which they say sends a powerful message.

"The message is you're not alone, whether you're either sort of dealing with suicidal ideation or the loss of someone who has committed suicide, you're not alone there," said Cavin, a sophomore psychology and theatre major at Wabash College.

In the video, Cavin plays a young man who loses his good friend to suicide. He goes through the five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.

It's all done to the music of artist Young Luv, also known as Emerson Vernon, who is featured in the video, playing his song "Brighter Days." The song is based on the loss of his close friend.

Cavin says another important message is, "there will be brighter days, you can make it out of that pit."

Webster, a Ball State University sophomore majoring in video production and screenwriting, directed the video.

"I think a lot of people that are friends that commit suicide, they blame themselves for not seeing the signs. They take it upon themselves, like, 'Why didn't I notice this? What could I have done more to help?' It's just really trying to show the impact on both sides."

"I think we definitely want to raise awareness for sort of the real life stakes of suicide," Cavin said.

Webster says it took two days to produce the video, using locations in their hometown of Mooresville.

"Winter is one of the loneliest seasons with Blue Monday coming up and with people just feeling so down. There's no reason to feel this way, because brighter days will be coming," he said.

The song is available on iTunes and the students say all proceeds from the purchase of the song by Young Luv will go to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

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