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Bipolar Disorder Derails Blue October’s Suicide Prevention Tour

By October 22, 2009

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Blue October announced today that The Pick Up The Phone Tour 2009 - a benefit tour for suicide prevention - has been canceled due to the hospitalization of Justin Furstenfeld, lead singer of the tour's headlining band Blue October. Justin is being treated for suffering from an extreme mental anxiety attack.

"Mental health diseases are unpredictable," says Furstenfeld in the press release. "And on the eve of this tour in support of a cause that means the world to me, I am in need of time to heal from a setback in my own personal life, which is severe enough for me to seek hospitalization. I hope that my action to seek the strength and safety of treatment will inspire others that are suffering to do the same."

Justin openly discusses his struggles with mental illness and his experiences with bipolar disorder. It has always been clear that he understands the battle those with bipolar disorder fight. His music touches; it strikes a chord that we understand. I am sure there are many disappointed fans and there will probably be some not-so-happy press coverage, but I think this is something our community understands intimately. Join me in wishing Justin a quick return to stability. ~Kimberly

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October 23, 2009 at 2:49 pm
(1) Cheri says:

An article about Blue October in your newsletter introduced me to the band. My son suffers with bipolar disorder and dysthymia. Justin Furstenfeld’s music touches me very deeply. I am still a huge fan of this band and have learned that the members are good, kind men. Thank you for bringing this band into my life.

Wishing Justin peace and rest and the very best for the future.

October 23, 2009 at 9:35 pm
(2) Erin says:

I’m sorry to hear about Justin. They are one of my favorite bands, and I was expecting to see them for the 3rd time in November (on the suicide prevention tour).

I wish him and the band the best!

October 24, 2009 at 1:56 pm
(3) Wendy says:

I deal with bipolar disorder on a daily basis, and can only hope that, at a time when he and the band need our support, the bad press is minimal-if not non-existant. It sounds funny to say they make a huge contribution to the lives of their fans, but for someone like me, someone who is often misunderstood, it is nice to have an outlet that understands me. I hope he takes all the time he needs and feels better for it.

October 25, 2009 at 12:09 am
(4) kaylah says:

I have been battling with bipolar and ptsd for many years now, and often felt like i was alone in the world until i discovered blue october… Justin is a song writer like no other he truly speaks from the depths of his soul allowing his listeners to feel as if they know him personally… justins hospitalization shows nothing less than great strength and wisdom on his part, allowing all of us who may suffer in silence to understand that there is help available and that there is no shame in seeking it… Good luck justin… get well… get strong… and keep fighting the good fight!!! we will all be ready and waiting for the next tour

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