By: Anthony Capobianco
Sully Erna and Godsmack seek to help raise awareness for treating mental health with the formation of The Scars Foundation.
According to the band's website, "With the rise of suicides, bullying, addiction, abuse and so many other challenges, The Scars Foundation is dedicated to providing resources and tools to educate and empower people on a global level that struggle with these burdens."
"The Scars Foundation is dedicated to raising monies to help like-minded organizations fulfill their missions to educate and save lives. Scars will work tirelessly to help bring a change to the perspective relating to mental health, and the many issues that cause such profound pain. The focus is not on one single issue, but to serve the broad spectrum of mental health and awareness of the struggle, faced by millions of people in the world today."
“Scars come in all forms. They are both physical and emotional," says Sully Erna. "They’re traumatizing and make us fear what people may think of us. We are ALL imperfect in some way, that’s what makes us perfect and unique! EVERYONE has something that makes them insecure or embarrassed. Instead of hiding or internalizing them, own them and show them off to the world! Let them empower you so you can be a voice for everyone who can’t be. If we ALL wear our scars loudly and proudly, others will follow.”
Donations to The Scars Foundation go on to benefit effective programs that have helped individuals overcome any mental health issues they have struggled with. Along with each donation comes with a complimentary download of Godsmack's single "Under Your Scars."
Mental health, addiction, and relapses are very real. If you or anyone you know is struggling, know that someone is always there. Additionally, you can give a call to 1-800-662-HELP (4357), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's national helpline, at any time, any day of the year, and free of charge.
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