Halestorm Vocalist Lzzy Hale Starts Campaign for Mental Health Awareness Following Jill Janus’ Passing

2018-08-20

Story and photo by Anne Erickson

Lzzy Hale is raising metal health awareness following the recent death of Huntress vocalist Jill Janus

Metal fans were in shock earlier this week when it was announced that Jill Janus, singer of metal band Huntress, passed away by suicide. Many members of the rock and metal world sent out tributes to Janus, including Lzzy Hale of Halestorm. Now, Hale has started a new campaign to raise awareness for mental health.

Hale posted a photo of herself on Twitter with the metal horns hand sign and a message asking fans to open up about they’ve dealt with their personal mental health issues. The replies keep going up, and the campaign is spreading on social media across the world.

“I want everyone who has ever struggled with mental health to #RaiseYourHorns, take a pic, tag and share it,” Hale wrote. “The more of us that put it out there,the less alone we will all feel & we will be one step closer to breaking the mental health stigma!”

Janus was very open about how own battle with mental illness. She took her own life on Tuesday (Aug. 14) at 43 years old.

Many members of the rock and metal community having been sending out thoughts about Janus’ tragic passing, and a collection are below.

“I love you Jill RIP,” said Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford.

“SUCH a powerful voice matched with an equally beautiful personality,” stated Five Finger Death Punch bass player Chris Kael.

“Very sad to hear about the passing of Jill Janus of Huntress…May she rest in peace,” said Phil Campbell of Motorhead.

“So sad to hear the news of the passing of Jill Janus,” DragonForce said in a joint statement. We we’re lucky enough to have toured with Jill and @HuntressKills. We were all endeared to her personality and impressed by her performance as a vocalist. We received this news with a heavy heart. RIP.”

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