Suicide Prevention & Music
Wit & Reason with Dr. Alexis Moreno
Over 46 thousand lives lost to suicide in one year. For every 1 suicide there were 27 attempts. And Even more people had thoughts about suicide – what we call “suicidal ideation” it’s actually a fairly common human experience. Our mind goes off on a variety of thoughts all day long and it’s actually not uncommon for someone, at some point in their life, to experience a suicidal thought. The big difference is, when it does happen, what do you do with it?
In order to make a significant and permanent change in preventing suicide, we need to address it from all aspects of our society. So we have partnered up with singer, songwriter, Alex Boyé. Alex took his music and platform to the next level by creating Bend Not Break, a song and music video for the American Foundation For Suicide Prevention. Alex and Dr. Alexis combine their skill sets to explore a creative form of suicide prevention – through songwriting and music industry outreach.
Resources from the Show
Watch Bend Not Break by Alex Boyé (Official Music Video).
Be a lifesaver (American Foundation For Suicide Prevention)
Suicide rising across the US (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
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DR. ALEXIS MORENO
CONSULTING PSYCHOLOGIST & HEALTH CORRESPONDENT
Dr. Moreno is passionate about the interplay between mass media communications, culture, and personal factors. Which explains her academic pursuits. She has a Doctorate in Community Clinical Psychology, a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy, and a Bachelor of Science in both Television Broadcasting and Psychology. The more time she spends studying psychological theory, researching human behavior, and working in the community, the more she is inspired by the power of systematically addressing personal and social issues. She has worked as a health educator with middle and high school students, provided psychotherapy with children, families, and couples recovering from violence and trauma, and treated adults on parole and in maximum security psychiatric hospitals suffering with severe mental illness. Dr. Moreno uses an ecological and biopsychosocial approach to every case conceptualization and collaboratively works with teams in a respectful, humanistic style. Passionate about working with diverse clientele, she tailors her interventions and presentations to engage and meet the needs of every stakeholder involved.
Singer & Songwriter
Alex Boyé is truly a multicultural, multigenerational, global artist! With over 1 billion views on his YouTube channel, Boyé’s diverse blend of African-infused pop music and vibrant dynamic visuals have captured a loyal legion of online followers turning him into a viral sensation! While his viral videos of Africanized pop covers have been featured on Jimmy Fallon, Good Morning America, Fox & Friends, Jimmy Kimmel and more; it’s his powerful voice, showmanship, personality, and uniquely arresting performance style that has placed him in a lane of his own! A musician, actor, video director, humanitarian, and global visionary, Boyé calls his multi-cultural, multi-generational style, ‘pop music with an African twist.’
Boyé’s popularity will soar even higher with the release of his forthcoming LP, Coming To Amerika, produced by Grammy Award winning producers 'Blac Elvis' (Beyoncé, John Legend, Usher) and Neff-U (Michael Jackson, Mary J. Blige, Ne-Yo, Dr. Dre, Justin Bieber) will be released by BFD via The Orchard!
Throughout his career, Boyé’s genuine concern and generosity toward others has been a central theme in his music. His latest singles, “Bend Not Break” and “Still Breathing” from Coming To Amerika are both songs of encouragement and hope created to inspire people struggling through difficult times. “Bend Not Break” is produced by K.C. Knight, executive produced Randy Jackson (“American Idol”) and penned by Jordan Powers & Alex Boyé. “Still Breathing” was co-written by Boyé and produced by Tha Aristocrats (DJ Khalid).
With the release of Coming To Amerika, Boyé hopes to bring Africa to America and release some pop hits in between!“My goal is to create music that’s more than entertaining; I’m creating innertainment – music you feel inside! I want to bring cultures together and impact all people!” shares Boyé.