Rock Another Day spreads suicide awareness with outdoor concert

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The Bryant O’Neil Foundation invites the community to Rock Another Day on November 26. The outdoor concert under the trees at Southdown Plantation in Houma, will feature Marc Broussard, Bag Of Donuts, and Le Bon Temps. “Help the foundation raise the funds necessary to make a real difference in our community. Bringing hope and light to those in need…helping someone rock another day,” reads a statement from the foundation.

After losing Bryant DeRoche to suicide in February of 2020, family and friends united to create the Bryant O’Neil Foundation. Recognizing the importance and need for prevention awareness, and an open dialogue, the foundation made it their mission to allow light, love, and hope to illuminate the darkness of suicide. The non-profit organization takes action in the community and remains dedicated to breaking the stigmas associated with suicide with three goals in mind:

  • Raise awareness that suicide is a public heath problem that could be preventable.
  • Integrate suicide prevention information into high schools in our community that encourage effective programs, resources, and practices that may lower the risk of suicide.
  • Foster positive dialogue, counter shame, prejudice, and silence associated with suicide and to build public support for suicide prevention.

“The purpose of this event is to raise awareness and funds for suicide prevention and education,” said Bradley DeRoche, Bryant’s brother. “We are actively working in our community and schools to educate, and provide hope through the viewing of My Ascension, and upcoming events with Jason Evert.” The Bryant O’Neil Foundation has licensed and held showings of the powerful film My Ascension. The film documents the journey of 16-year-old varsity cheerleader Emma Benoit, and a suicide attempt that left her paralyzed. Benoit uses her story to help others find hope. The foundation plans to continue hosting viewings at area high schools, as well as a large-scale viewing that will be open to the public in 2023.

In March of next year, the foundation will present Catholic author Jason Evert at three area high schools. “Evert speaks on chastity, pressures on life, and social media and how these forces can create depression, and lead to suicide. On March 22 and 23, Evert will speak at VCHS, ED White, and Central Catholic,” DeRoche said.

“Rock Another Day funds these efforts, you’ll get a good show while contributing to a good cause,” DeRoche explained. Taking place from 4:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., in addition to live music, the event will feature Cajun food, drinks, and beer. General admission and VIP tickets can be purchased online. General admission tickets are $25, VIP tickets are $125 and include food and drink tickets, specialty cocktails, an air conditioned bathroom, reserved viewing space with seating near all the action, and a $10 gift card to use towards a merchandise purchase.

Visit the Bryant O’Neil Foundation online for more information, and visit the event page for sponsorship information.