"Bipolar art rock" band, Blue October's 2010 Pick Up The Phone (PUTP) tour around the world spreads awareness and raises funds for mental health.
Originally scheduled for October 2009, the PUTP tour had been cancelled due to Blue October's lead singer, Justin Furstenfeld's mental breakdown and hospitalization.
In "Blue October Part One" Justin Furstenfeld speaks to Germany's "Freunde fürs Leben" TV Channel about his bipolar disorder for the first time since his hospitalization in 2009.
Furstenfeld talks about the effects bipolar disorder has on his life. He describes bipolar disorder as "something beautiful and it's something very scary all at the same time."
He discusses how Blue October, his daughter, brother, friends, and fans are what keeps him grounded. Furstenfeld's interview sings with emotion and adds insight into the bipolar world.
The interview also includes Blue October's drummer Justin Furstenfeld, who discusses growing up with a brother who is bipolar.
"Freunde fürs Leben" a TV Channel in Germany "has been active in the field of depression and suicide prevention since 2001. The mission is to educate the public about suicide and depression and provide necessary information, especially for young people."
For more information: To find bipolar support groups in the Western Massachusetts area, visit the following websites: Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance DBSA in Chicopee; or the Pioneer Valley DBSA in Florence. You can also Google "bipolar disorder support groups Western MA."
If you are feeling depressed and thinking of suicide, please call the Suicide Prevention Hotline at: 1-800-SUICIDE (442-4673) Click on the following links for information on: suicide prevention, bipolar disorder, mental health.