The organizers behind LA’s Community Meeting have announced their next meeting will be held this Saturday, September 15th at The Echoplex (1154 Glendale Blvd). The meeting will shine light on suicide awareness and mental health, as this week is National Suicide Prevention Week. Announced guests include Dr. Lauren Walton (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Leyla ‘Lo’ Safai (HeartsRevolution) and influential music photographer Lindsey Byrnes. LA Community Meetings are organized by a diverse group of individuals involved in the LA Nightlife scene including Morgan Freed (Emo Nite / Ride or Cry), Adam Weiss (HAM on Everything), Brittney Scott (Artist), Sirah (Hip Hop Artist) and Emily Kretzer (Model, Host, Director).
Saturday’s meeting will also include involvement from an organization called End Overdose, an organization committed to preventing drug-related death through education, medical intervention, and public awareness. They connect communities with the necessary resources to fight chemical dependency. Paramedics from their team will be on-site to deliver Naloxone Training at the upcoming Community Meeting. For more information on End Overdose, please visit https://www.endoverdose.net/.
In an effort to bring this conversation to a larger audience, they have been reaching out to people to start hosting their own Community Meetings in different cities. On September 30th the first Community Meeting Toronto will be held at SoSo Food Club. To stay up to date with all things Community Meeting, please follow https://www.instagram.com/
“Unlike established nonprofits or even 12-step programs, the community meetings at the Echoplex are aimed at attracting a crowd of music fans who might not otherwise consider themselves drug addicts in need of counseling” shared The Los Angeles Times in a recent feature on the event. Sirah shared in that same feature that “It’s so crucial to let people know that, yeah, I’ve won a Grammy and I’ve done really well and I’ve been rapping and I have songs with Demi [Lovato] and Skrillex and Lupe Fiasco, but like right now, I’ve got depression.” She continued on by saying “Drugs have killed a lot of our favorite artists…I think we’re tired of it.”
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