Lzzy Hale Launches #RaiseYourHorns to Raise Mental Health Awareness

Lzzy Hale

Facebook Lzzy Hale launched the #RaiseYourHorns campaign to raise awareness for mental health issues.

Lzzy Hale has taken to social media to launch a mental health awareness campaign in the wake of the tragic death of Huntress frontwoman Jill Janus. Hale is asking fans to #RaiseYourHorns if they’d ever struggled with mental health issues, with a picture of herself kicking off the trend.

Janus, who fronted the California heavy metal band Huntress, died of a suicide earlier this week after a long struggle with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and dissociative identity disorder, according to Loudwire. Janus’ mental health battles became very public in 2015, when she suddenly ended Huntress, Loudwire reports. Although the band didn’t end up splitting up, Janus continued to struggle with mental health issues until she ultimately ended her life on August 14.

Hale, who referred to Janus as her “scream sister,” posted an emotional tribute to the frontwoman on Instagram, before turning to Twitter to urge her fans to share a picture of themselves “raising your horns,” referring to a hand gesture that is popular at many rock concerts and festivals.

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It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to one of our peers. Jill Janus, has died today. Jill was very open about her struggles with mental health and addiction. Now, more than ever, spanning across Every age group, the suicide rate is extremely high. I’d like to take a moment to state again how important it is to talk about mental health, and remind all of you out there battling demons that you are not alone. I have to navigate my own dark labyrinth and I turn to music and writing for my lifeline. I want to encourage you to keep searching for Your lifeline, something that makes You happy. It doesn’t matter if no one gets it but you…that’s ok! We need to Stop trying to live up to expectations that society places in front of us to make us feel Unworthy of love, beauty and success. We need to stop comparing ourselves to others. We need to stop trying to be “normal”. And we need to stop being quiet about our mental wellbeing. Asking for help doesn’t mean your broken. And if you don’t know how to ask for help that’s ok too, those of us who have a shoulder will let you lean on it! We are All in this life together. For those of you with the ability to lend a hand or and ear. DO IT! We have a responsibility to help each other, cuz everything we say, do and touch affects the whole race. We are all connected. And I’d also like to address how careful We need to be with prescription medications that doctors and people that we trust give us to try to fix us. Some side effects of these meds rewire your brain, to where even if you wouldn’t normally have suicidal thoughts, your brain actually starts thinking that it is logical…all due to meds. Please be careful my loves! To Jill, My sister of scream, I hope wherever you are you have found the peace that you couldn’t here. My deepest sympathy’s go out to Jill’s Family and her band Huntress during this time.

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In her Instagram post, Hale reminded her fans and loved ones that “we are all in this together,” and that nobody struggling with mental health issues is alone.

“Asking for help doesn’t mean you’re broken. And if you don’t know how to ask for help, that’s okay too. Those of us who have a shoulder will let you lean on it! We are all in this life together. For those of you with the ability to lend a hand or and ear, DO IT! We have a responsibility to help each other, ‘cuz everything we say, do and touch affects the whole race. We are all connected.”

After her tribute on Instagram, Hale took to Twitter to share a similar message. “Hey Freaks, I’d like to do something. I want everyone who has ever struggled with mental health to #RaiseYourHorns take a pic, tag and share it. The more of us that put it out there, the less alone we will all feel & we will be one step closer to breaking the mental health stigma!”

Her post has already received nearly five thousand 1,137 retweets as of Friday afternoon. The response from her fans has been immense, with thousands of people posting pictures of themselves throwing up the horns and sharing their own struggles with mental health issues. Many fans thanked Hale for spreading awareness on “such a taboo subject.”

“Everyday is a battle with depression and anxiety,” Twitter user Chrissy wrote. “And yeah, sometimes the darkness wins, but those nights/days aren’t permanent. #RaiseYourHorns for those that feel alone. Please remember that you never are. Please reach out. And never ever let the darkness take you away.”

Some users talked about the help that Halestorm’s music had brought them during hard times, while others spoke about their battles with PTSD, addiction and bipolar, among many others.

“I was trying to think of something inspirational to say but depression and mental health can’t really be summed up in a tweet. So…#RaiseYourHorns in solidarity with those who’ve been down, are down, or couldn’t make it up and keep on keepin’ on,” Tim Trutone wrote.

If you or anyone you know is struggling with depression and thinking of suicide, know that someone is always there. Additionally, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-273-8255.


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