'Manuel's Song' to fight stigma of mental health, prevent suicid

'Manuel's Song' to fight stigma of mental health, prevent suicide

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A father is using the death of his son by suicide to advocate and save lives. Jessie Garcia's son, Manuel, died in 2010, and Garcia's putting on a benefit concert in his memory.

It will be during Suicide Awareness Month in September, and Garcia said Tuesday he hopes talking about and taking the stigma out of mental health issues will prevent more parents from going through what he did.

"It caused a great rift in my family," Garcia said. "We went through pain and struggle trying to figure out what happened and why it happened."

"I believe that we're losing our kids," Garcia said, "and I just believe that I needed to do something."

The benefit concert is also intended to serve as a safe space for families to talk about mental health and connect them with resources that can help.

Watch our full interview with Garcia at the top of this page.

The concert is September 14 from 7:00 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. at Jake's. Tickets are $5 for kids and $10 for adults. 

 

 

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