Not only is Starshell a spokesperson for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, but she also donates proceeds from her Birthday Girl clothing line to the cause, and her music touches on this emotional issue.
“I think that most importantly she tells me to be myself, no matter what,” she said about Mary. “In this industry, it’s tough ... not even this industry, this world, just growing up, like, in this day and age.” Meanwhile, Ne-Yo helped her write a difficult song, "My Star." She wanted to write a song about her sister to honor her, and she explained to Ne-Yo how she was feeling. “He came up with lyrics that were so, so dead-on,” she said.
The singer also had words of advice about suicide prevention. If someone talks or acts as if they might be considering suicide, she says it’s important to tell a trusted authority figure and get some help, even if the person in question asks you to keep it a secret. “The cry for help should never be taken lightly.”
+ Watch Starshell discuss suicide prevention.
Last spring, Starshell did an Out of the Darkness suicide prevention walk, and she also spoke and performed her song, “My Star.” She described it as was one of her most important performances. “My whole family was there ... and it’s our healing as well,” she said.
If you or a friend needs help, you can turn to Half Of Us to find resources. To speak with someone now, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 — you can also chat online with someone from the org.