A Fort Wayne band that manages to mix humor and intelligence is getting involved with a serious cause. Neo-alternative band, Kerosec, will play at Into the Light in DeKalb County.
Into the Light is a one-day event to be held as part of Suicide Awareness and Prevention Week. The purpose is to shed light on a subject that is surrounded in stigma and kept “in the dark” by many sufferers and their friends and family. Into the Light will take place Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019 from 2 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. at DeKalb Outdoor Theater, located at 401-499 11th St., Auburn, Indiana.
Into the Light: a day of fun and information
According to the Into the Light Facebook page, the event is all-ages, and admission is freewill donations. Food vendors will be on hand and food and beverages can be purchased.
The bands who are slated to play at the event have also been involved in fundraising. According to Into the Light’s social media, all funds go toward mental health scholarships to be awarded to seniors in DeKalb County Schools who intend to major in mental health-related disciplines.
In addition to music and food, there will be an assortment of activities, information and a silent auction. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs.
The importance of Into the Light
Events like Into the Light are important. According to the study, “Suicide in Indiana Report” by the Indiana State Department of Health, and last updated in 2017, nationally, suicide is the second-leading cause of death for people aged 15-34 years. Even more bleak is that it is the third-leading cause of death for children aged 10-14 years old.
In Indiana, for the years 2011 to 2015, almost 5,000 Hoosiers died by suicide. Of those deaths, 962 occurred in 2015.
Thus, the work of DeKalb Suicide Awareness and Prevention is critical for saving lives. To help with the cause, Into the Light will feature speaker Nathan Shuherk. According to the website, Shuherk is an Executive Board Member and Intern Coordinator for Students with Schizophrenia. He is also part of a social media-based group called the Psychosis Advocacy Board that works to remove the taboo and stigma associated with psychotic diseases.
Into the Light’s social media page reveals that Shuherk was diagnosed with schizophrenia, and he is a 2015 graduate of Taylor University. Shuherk is a native of Auburn, Indiana.
The group’s social media page provides numbers to call or text for those who might be in crisis: 1.800.273.8255, or text crisis line,741-741, and remedy live 494949.
Follow Into the Light on Facebook for more information about bands and other aspects of the event.