To address a global mental health crisis in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and amid the continued struggle of systemic racism, Sounds of Saving and more than 1000 organizations, brands, government agencies and cultural leaders have signed on to be part of the inaugural Mental Health Action Day on Thursday, May 20 in the midst of Mental Health Awareness Month. This open-source movement to shift culture from awareness to action on mental health has added more than 800 partners since its announcement one month ago.
Today, Sounds of Saving (SoS), in partnership with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, continue their “Song that Found Me At The Right Time” series with the release of queer, indigeonous, indie artist Black Belt Eagle Scout (aka Katherine Paul) revealing a transfixing take on Grouper’s “Heavy Water / I’d Rather Be Sleeping.” SoS shares the song by way of a video that includes an interview with Paul discussing times of mental health challenges, the importance of growing up in a tribal community, the healing power of music throughout her life, her connection to ancestral land and finding therapy.
KP said that: “Sharing a message of mental health support and suicide prevention saves lives. The suicide rate within Native / Indigenous communities is high and so it is very important to be able to speak out specifically for my community. There have been many times in my life where I needed that ray of sun coming out over the mountains on a stormy day. Luckily I have been blessed with support systems that have kept me alive and I have seen firsthand just how important these are. I want to be able to spread this awareness so that more people can see that ray of sun like I did.”
She chose to cover Grouper because “Listening to this song helped me many times sing through my feelings and find calmness and soothing, just like the sound of the song.”
Sounds of Saving promotes honest, intimate conversations about mental health and emphasizes the impact of music of all genres on human connection, coping during difficult times and maintaining mental wellness. They note, “we see the experience of music both for artists and fans as a way to express and process personal and collective struggles and then to feel less alone in whatever we may be goIng through. SoS connected with Black Beat Eagle Scout in order to hear them speak on the important issues of mental health in communities of color.Watch Black Belt Eagle Scout’s take on “Heavy Water / I’d Rather Be Sleeping”, followed by the Q&A here