Open Chord holds Suicide Prevention benefit concert

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Open Chord, a music venue in Knoxville, held a suicide prevention benefit concert, Saturday night.

Many bands, who have been touched by suicide in one form or another, performed in front of a crowd of 40-50 people, including Annandale, The Worn Out Soles, OverSoul and Jimmy and the Jawbones.

Jimmy Morris, lead singer of Jimmy and the Jawbones, says suicide is very personal to him.

“I’ve lost friends to suicide. I thought this event would be a good way to give back a little bit to the community and raise awareness,” said Miller.

All funds raised went to the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network.

The East Tennessee Regional Coordinator for the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network, Amy Dolinky, says this event really wasn’t about the donations, it was about connecting and informing the people.

“The ultimate goal is to get the information out to the public. If there’s anybody here tonight struggling with thoughts of suicide, (We just want) to be able to reach out to those individuals and support those who lost someone to suicide,” said Dolinky.

Dolinky says for any one struggling with thoughts of suicide there is help, there is a suicide prevention hotline 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and a crisis text line 741741. These hotlines are availble 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

According to, Tennessee’s Zero Suicide Initiative Task Force is working to implement the concept of “Zero Suicides” within behavioral health and substance abuse settings across Tennessee. Members of the task force are working with many agencies to help eliminate suicides and suicide attempts within their client base through an aggressive yet realistic action plan incorporating both best-practice prevention and intervention strategies.

For more information on the Zero Suicides initiative, visit their website.


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