BOISE, Idaho — This week, 94.9 The River and Knitting Factory are hosting HOPE-An Evening for Mental Health with benefits going to The Speedy Foundation. Texas rockers Spoon will hit the stage Thursday night, alongside special guest Nicole Atkins.
The Speedy Foundation was created in 2011 and is named for three-time Olympian, Jeret "Speedy" Peterson. Speedy was a Freestyle Aerialist who lost his battle with depression, prompting his family and friends to share his story and help fund the creation of Idaho's suicide prevention hotline.
The Speedy Foundation works as a suicide prevention advocate by ending the stigma through conversation and education. One way that is achieved is through QPR training sessions in the community. QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer--three simple steps anyone can learn to save a life from suicide. The sessions are open to middle-aged school children to adults and can be a way of opening communication to younger children regarding suicide they may see on social media or television.
Thursday's HOPE concert is happening at the Knitting Factory on 9th Street in Boise. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. with the show starting at 8:30. The show is expected to sell out and tickets can be purchased here.
For more information on The Speedy Foundation, click here. You can also donate as part of Giving Tuesday here. To keep up with everything at The Speedy Foundation, follow the organization on social media: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.