PIP: Neck Deep EU/UK Tour Final Recap
Happy Judgement Day everyone, Neck Deep's headlining EU/UK tour in support of The Peace and The Panic has come to a close this week as they spent the last dates of the tour in Italy, Spain, and France.
Hope For The Day is very thankful for the opportunity to have joined this tour; over 25 shows we were able to extend outreach programs and support to over 40,000 music fans across 10 different countries. It was great to see familiar faces from fans who have previously talked to and interacted with us at shows while also meeting new people who had not previously known about HFTD. As a result of this, volunteer intake numbers are on the rise, and our outreach programs in the UK and Europe are continuing to grow!
Our friends in Real Friends, As It Is, Blood Youth, and Woes were also great to work with as well; the lineup for these tours provided the perfect opportunity and platform to raise awareness for proactive suicide prevention and mental health education.
Real Friends has done plenty of work with Hope For The Day in the past, stemming from personal and lived experiences that members of the band have with mental health. As front-man Dan Lambton bravely shared last year, he has faced a lot of challenges with anxiety throughout his life.
As It Is has also started discussions about mental health through their music, with lyrics such as "I felt a year's worth of hurt and sadness catching up with me / The sky I painted to silence the pain, it is bleeding into grey / I don't know if I've been worse / I don't know if I can change / But right now, I don't think, I don't think that I'm okay", from their song "okay.". Vocalist Patty Walters also made mental health the focus of his speech at this years' Alternative Press Music Awards, reminding everyone that It Is OK To Not Be OK.
From lyrics such as "My heart is closed to everyone I see / Feels like the weight of the universe / Is hanging over me" from Blood Youth's song "Closure" to the emotional verse of "I never wanted to be, I never wanted to feel / I can’t cope with the pain, I can’t help how I feel / When did life get so real" from Woes' song "Almost Gone", both opening bands also provided passionate performances that were able to spark conversations about coping with mental health challenges.
There is no shame in facing a mental health challenge such as depression, anxiety, addiction, suicidal thoughts, or other illnesses; we are in this together. We cannot make progress through silence; as our founder and CEO Jonny Boucher said during a speech that he gave with Neck Deep on this year's Warped Tour, "We get through the peace and the panic by talking about it" (You can watch it here). We lose approximately 121 people to suicide every day; suicide rates are currently at a thirty year high. It's up to us to start conversations about the Things We Don't Say, so that we can elevate mental health resources and make them visible for anyone who needs them.
If you did not get a chance to pick up resource cards from Hope For The Day on Neck Deep's EU/UK tour (which include information about crisis text lines and hotline lines on them), you can find that information on our website here.
Check out a gallery of pictures from the tour below!
Neck Deep - EU/UK Headlining Tour - 2017
Photos by Elliott Ingham:
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