Lynchburg concert, organized by suicide prevention group, aims to lift spirits through music

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Next week is National Suicide Prevention Week, and in Lynchburg, the Suicide Prevention Awareness Coalition hosted a family-friendly concert Thursday meant to lift spirits and help people find strength.

Performer Jack Edma, also known as DJ Ed, says he’s loved music since his childhood in Haiti, and he wanted to share his source of strength with others and spread the joy.

“It’s amazing to be able to give back and share hope and share love through music here tonight,” said DJ Ed.

He joined two other DJs for a family-friendly concert in Miller Park on Thursday, Sept. 3.

“The keyword is hope for tomorrow through music, letting people know that we have a network here of organizations and people that are here to wrap their hands around them.”

He says he was honored to participate. For him, this issue is personal.

“In June, I lost my real estate business partner. We had great plans to keep our business going. He passed away, took his life, and he was a friend,” he said.

“Reach out to a loved one if you’re going through something. Let somebody else know that you’re going through it, and maybe, hopefully, we will see tomorrow again.”

The concert was scheduled to last until 7:30 p.m. in Miller Park. Organizers asked that attendees wear a mask and practice social distancing.

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