Phantogram releases two new songs benefiting suicide awareness programs

May 18, 2018

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Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter of Phantogram have released two new songs today with proceeds benefiting American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. May is #MentalHealthMonth and both Sarah and Josh have been coping with the sudden loss of Sarah's sister Becky to suicide. 

Hi Friends, We're really excited to share new music with you today. Listen at the link in bio. We started work on “Someday” during the ‘Three’ sessions - it was based on a beat Josh made from samples of the Al Green songs “I’m Still in Love with You” and “Livin’ for You”. But then Becky's death derailed everything in our lives and this song became too painful for us to work on. This spring, we were able to return to the song and finish it as part of our efforts to raise awareness about suicide prevention and to destigmatize mental illness. Like so many people, we've been through some very dark times, but we want everyone who is suffering to know that there is help and hope in the world. Love today and every day, -Sarah & Josh Proceeds from sales and streams of both these songs will go directly to the @afspnational.

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Phantogram expressed that their new song, titled "Someday," was completed as part of the band's efforts to raise awareness about suicide prevention and to destigmatize mental illness. 

"'Someday' honors the memory of those lost to suicide, and the grief and hope carried every day by family and friends left behind," the band says.

The duo were presented the Public Awareness award for suicide prevention by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention earlier this week and are very open about people reaching out if they need to talk. 

“We’ve learned that when you reach out, people reach back. Our fans, our friends and family, other artists and strangers were overwhelming in their support for us, and also for each other," says Sarah. "The stories we’ve all shared with each other have helped fend off feelings of isolation, building an ongoing community that will continue together to break down stigmas and a tendency toward silence.”

It's OK to not be ok. If you or someone you know is in crisis, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

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