Rascal Flatts Dedicated to Preventing Teen Suicide
Rascal Flatts -- Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney -- are no strangers to lending their support to charitable endeavors including the Make-a-Wish Foundation, the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt (where they have donated nearly three million dollars) and the American Red Cross.
As ambassadors for the Jason Foundation (an educational organization dedicated to the awareness and prevention of youth suicide), the award-winning group have recorded a special public service announcement (PSA) regarding World Suicide Prevention Day which will take place on September 10.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), suicide is the third leading cause of death for 15- to 24-year-olds, surpassed only by accidents and homicide.
Gary, Jay and Joe Don are reaching out asking teens and their families to learn more about the problem of suicide by becoming involved in the B1 Project (Be Aware) which is designed to educate youth and students on recognizing the warning signs of youth suicide and how to help a friend.
The song 'Why,' from the group's 'Unstoppable' album, was recorded in response to how the issue of suicide has affected each of their lives.
To view the PSA and learn more about the B1 Project, click here. For more information on teen suicides and the importance of understanding "the forces that can lead teens to suicide and [to] know how to help," visit the Kids Health website.