Something unexpected and wonderful happened this year at Electric Forest and not many people knew about it. Bassnectar volunteered at an amazing non-profit called To Write Love On Her Arms. They serve those who have mental health issues and suicide prevention. This year at Forest they placed several phones around the grounds where someone would sit at the switchboard and wait for a light to blink. That meant there was someone one the other line. Volunteers would talk to attendees and they would ask them questions about their life and if they wanted to reach out to someone close to them to talk about anything. Lorin volunteered to talk to strangers about their friends and family that had trouble coping with their lives. I borrowed this from his website.
“Although Electric Forest is one of my favorite festivals to perform at, I noticed something unexpected this year:
The highlight of my weekend was not being on stage, playing music, or even running around exploring: it was volunteering inside of this little treehouse in the middle of the woods…
In conjunction with an amazing non-profit called To Write Love On Her Arms (who serve to encourage mental health, from light-hearted art projects to pro-active suicide prevention – https://twloha.com), the festival had set up little telephones, attached to trees in The Forest – like some kind of magical, mysterious phone booths. I sat inside a little treehouse with an old-timey switchboard and headset, playing Operator to the network of phones placed throughout the forest. I would see a button light up, which meant that there was someone at a phone, and I could ring a phone and see who answered. The idea was to engage people in a meaningful discussion, and I decided to interview people about friendship, philosophy, and the meaning of life.”
In conjunction with Electric Forest and To Write Love On Her Arms, Bassnectar recorded a video and the audio and made a short film about it. If you have any friend or family member that needs help mentally please reach out to them. You can save their lives. #NationalSuicidePreventionWeek
If you need someone to talk to, TWLOHA can help you find local resources, or connect you with a 24-hour helpline. No matter what your problem, speaking to someone is a great place to start. https://twloha.com/find-help