Neck Deep singer Ben Barlow talks mental health
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For World Mental Health Day, Neck Deep vocalist Ben Barlow sits down with U.K. lifestyle brand Emib Clothing and tattoo artist Jack Watts for a discussion on mental health in conjunction with Hope For The Day. Watch it below.

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While stressing that they aren’t “academics in this field,” the Neck Deep frontman and his cohorts give some real-world insight into the mental heath crisis. World Mental Health Day occurs each October to bring awareness and advocacy around the stigmas facing those who struggle with mental illness.

“We are are hoping that this content will engage people with the subject matter, whether that is just to post a comment sharing your opinion, or to be able to start a conversation with someone you care about,” reads the video’s description.

Hope For The Day is a Chicago mental health organization that works for proactive suicide prevention through outreach and mental health education. And in the face of global suicide rates, the musician gets real about the epidemic.

“I know people who’ve tried to take their own lives,” says Barlow. “Been close to people who are just severely depressed and don’t know what to do about it. And I’ve had a lot of conversations with people close to me about what they can do.

“There’s no quick fix,” he continues. “But having those conversations will immediately make you feel better. I’m not a psychiatrist, but just saying, ‘Here are your options, it’s not as bad as you think.’ Depression cuts off any sort of perception.”

If you or someone you know is struggling with mental illness, there is help to be found. Please consider these online resources and talk to your regular doctor about your symptoms:

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