Simmons says he’s been inspired to bring awareness and education to teenagers and says his message is a celebration of life in the wake of his 2009 suicide attempt.
Willard students will collaborate with Simmons during the workshop to write a song about a journey of happiness and celebration.
Simmons says it’s a natural fit to use his musical and educational background to reach the students, and the connection is tremendous.
“The reason music works for me is that it instantly gives kids a voice. The two things for me are never give up, tell your story — just keep those things going,” said Simmons who founded the UBU Project.
“If you plant that seed with someone young enough hopefully they don’t get to the point that I did in later years, because they will be in the habit of telling their stories and expressing themselves,” he added.
Simmons and Willard students will be performing their song on Friday night at the Public House in Missoula.
If you or a loved one is currently experiencing suicidal thoughts please reach out to local law enforcement or call the suicide lifeline.
- National Suicide Lifeline:
- National Suicide Lifeline TTY:
Text Telephone Device or Telecommunication Device for the Deaf (TDD)
- National LGBT Youth Suicide Lifeline
- National Military Veterans Suicide Lifeline:
1-800-273-TALK *Press 1 (1-800-273-8255 *Press 1)
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
Reporting by Russ Thomas for MTN News