Lzzy Hale Asks for Mental Health Dialogue in Wake of the Death of Jill Janus

Hale reminded fans that "we are ALL in this life together"

August 17, 2018
Lzzy Hale. The 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards held at STAPLES Center / Jill Janus of Huntress attends The Kerrang! Awards at the Troxy on June 13, 2013 in London, England

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Halestorm's highly respected frontwoman Lzzy Hale has taken to social media to share a powerful statement to fans regarding the tragic death of Huntress lead singer Jill Janus.

Janus, who fronted the California heavy metal outfit Huntress, died of a suicide earlier this week. Friends and family say the 43-year-old had long struggled with mental health.

Not long after her death was confirmed, Hale posted a powerful statement to fans. She both honored Janus, whom she's lovingly referred to before as her "scream sister," and called on everyone to be more open to talking about mental health, saying "we are ALL in this life together." Read Lzzy's full post below:

It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to one of our peers. Jill Janus, has died today. Jill was very open about her struggles with mental health and addiction. Now, more than ever, spanning across Every age group, the suicide rate is extremely high. I’d like to take a moment to state again how important it is to talk about mental health, and remind all of you out there battling demons that you are not alone. I have to navigate my own dark labyrinth and I turn to music and writing for my lifeline. I want to encourage you to keep searching for Your lifeline, something that makes You happy. It doesn’t matter if no one gets it but you...that’s ok! We need to Stop trying to live up to expectations that society places in front of us to make us feel Unworthy of love, beauty and success. We need to stop comparing ourselves to others. We need to stop trying to be “normal”. And we need to stop being quiet about our mental wellbeing. Asking for help doesn’t mean your broken. And if you don’t know how to ask for help that’s ok too, those of us who have a shoulder will let you lean on it! We are All in this life together. For those of you with the ability to lend a hand or and ear. DO IT! We have a responsibility to help each other, cuz everything we say, do and touch affects the whole race. We are all connected. And I’d also like to address how careful We need to be with prescription medications that doctors and people that we trust give us to try to fix us. Some side effects of these meds rewire your brain, to where even if you wouldn’t normally have suicidal thoughts, your brain actually starts thinking that it is logical...all due to meds. Please be careful my loves! To Jill, My sister of scream, I hope wherever you are you have found the peace that you couldn’t here. My deepest sympathy’s go out to Jill’s Family and her band Huntress during this time.

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If you or anyone you know is struggling with depression and thinking of suicide, know that someone is always there. Additionally, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-273-8255.