Published : Monday, January 5, 2015 | 6:29 PM
The Internet has helped make stories available of young girls who are struggling with thoughts of suicide and depression. One local La Cañada teen has set out to spread awareness and hope to those in need. Delila Brown, 14, an eighth-grader at Flintridge Preparatory School, has organized a concert featuring singer/songwriter Jacob Whitesides to benefit Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services, which provides quality mental health care and substance use disorder services in communities where stigma or poverty limit access. The “Jacob Whitesides Charity Concert – Play Music, Save a Life,” takes place on January 10th at the school auditorium from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
There will be a “meet and greet” with Jacob for 200 people who purchase $100 VIP tickets at Flintridge Preparatory School campus located at 4345 Crown Avenue, La Canada Flintridge. Click here to purchase tickets.
As to how Delila came to host the event and chose Didi Hirsh, she said, “I was thinking about what I should do for my 8th grade community service project. I didn’t want to just put out a collection box like a lot of other people I know. So I came up with the idea of having a benefit concert. My teacher helped me find some good charities. She knew about Didi Hirsch and what they do with suicide prevention. That sounded good to me. So we did some research to make sure it was a good organization. Then we had to find someone to do the concert. My dad builds stages and has a friend who is a concert promoter. He told me I should find someone who is not too famous, but up and coming, otherwise it would be hard to get the person to come. I found Jacob Whitesides on YouTube a few years ago and have been following him ever since. My dad’s friend helped me reach out to him through his manager (who happens to be his mom). He wanted to make sure it was a legitimate event and did his own research on Didi Hirsch before he told his manager he wanted to do it. He says he knows a lot of his fans have gone through depression and have been suicidal and he wants to help them.”
Jacob is a 17-year old Internet phenomenon who has six million+ views on YouTube and over one million followers on Twitter.
For more information about Delila, click on the following link: http://www.pollstar.com/news_article.aspx?ID=815600
About Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services
Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services provides mental health, substance use disorder and wellness services to more than 74,000 children and adults in 11 locations throughout Los Angeles and Orange Counties each year. Our Suicide Prevention Center’s Crisis Line has English- and Spanish-speaking counselors available 24/7, is one of five centers nationwide to operate the Disaster Distress Helpline, and offers online emotional support, community training and bereavement support groups for those who have lost loved ones to suicide. Learn more at www.didihirsch.org.