In 2007 (the most recent year I could find), there were 34,598 suicides in the United States. That’s 94.8 suicides a day, 1 suicide every 15.2 minutes. These are really sad statistics and I have a feeling it hasn’t gotten any better. Today marks the beginning of Suicide Prevention Week and therefore, I thought this song was fitting to the topic.
How to Save a Life was released off The Fray’s debut album of the same name in September of 2005. It became a single in July of 2006. It made #1 on Billboard’s Top 40, #1 on Adult Contemporary, and #4 on Pop 100. It is the 25th most downloaded song on iTunes of all time.
Lead singer Isaac Slade wrote the song after a weekend as a counselor for troubled youths at a group home. A friend of his was in charge and asked if he and band mate Joe King could join one of the retreats. Slade stated, “One of the youngsters I was paired up with was a musician. Here I was, a protected suburbanite, and he was just 17 and had all these problems. And no one could write a manual on how to save him..”
I used to listen to this song a lot. It reminded me of many different things, many different people. It’s a great video too.