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One More Light Music Festival on Oct. 11 at BSU

BEMIDJI -- The BSU Student Senate Association will host the One More Light Music Festival to help spread awareness about mental health acceptance and suicide prevention at BSU and in the surrounding community. The music festival will take place 6 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, on the lakeside lawn of the Hobson Memorial Union.

The song “One More Light”, performed by the band Linkin Park, was released in Oct. 2017. Before the song was released to the public, the band's lead singer, Chester Bennington, passed away by suicide. After it's release, the song quickly became an anthem for suicide prevention and awareness across the country, prompting Linkin Park to start the One More Light Fund. The fund works with 320 Changes Direction, a collaboration between Bennington's wife, Talinda Bennington, and The Campaign to Change Direction, an organization that seeks to change the culture of mental health in the U.S. and helps those in need receive treatment and support, a release said.

“Students at BSU really care about mental health and they want to see improvements made on campus,” said Tsonda Martin, BSUSA chief of staff. “The support of every student and faculty member has been awe-inspiring. We hope this event is going to help spark the conversation on campus about mental health and show many, that there is a community that supports you and accepts you for who you are.”

Headlining the One More Light Festival will be regional artist Corey Medina. BSU alumni Russell Alan and other students will also be performing.

“We want this event to be fun and relaxing, but also have serious conversations about mental health here at BSU,” Martin said. “The number one priority of Student Senate this year is mental health on campus. This idea came from the recent passing of a great friend of mine, who passed away by suicide in July.”

The event is free and open to the public.