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G.R.L. to perform at ‘Change Direction’ summit in Washington, D.C.

G.R.L. is set to perform at the Campaign to Change Direction, a groundbreaking summit on mental health presented by Give an Hour, in partnership with leading public, private and non-profit partners. The event will be held Wednesday, March 4th from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. ET at the Newseum — Annenberg Theater at 555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington, DC.

The four hour event will be live streamed and feature a musical performance by G.R.L., who has personally been touched by the issue when former group member, Simone Battle, passed away from suicide in September of 2014.

Featured speakers include Jean Case, CEO, Case Foundation; Bruce Cohen, Academy Award-winning producer of Silver Linings Playbook; and Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D., founder and president, Give an Hour.

First Lady Michelle Obama will also speak at 11:45 am ET. She will provide remarks about the importance — for our military and veteran families as well as for all Americans — of Americans’ efforts to change the story about mental health by telling their own stories and inspiring others to seek the help they deserve.

The Campaign to Change Direction is a new national movement designed to change the story of mental health in America. We know that one in five of our citizens has a diagnosable mental health condition and that more Americans are expected to die this year by suicide than in car accidents. While many of us are comfortable acknowledging publicly our physical suffering, for which we almost always seek help, many more of us privately experience mental suffering, for which we almost never reach out. The Campaign urges all Americans to learn five signs that indicate that someone you know may be suffering.


Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.