How a Maryland rock band is challenging the stigma around mental health and suicide, one high school at a time

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Starting with Mental Health Awareness month and continuing throughout the following months, Guitar World is hosting a series of interviews and features with artists addressing and raising awareness around themes of mental health, particularly as they relate to musicians.

In 2014, Maryland-based Fiction 20 Down were in Florida, enjoying another string of successful tour dates. Singer/songwriter/guitarist Jordan Lally, multi-instrumentalist DJ Fritzges, and drummer/vocalist Andre “Dre” Toney had spent years writing, recording, gigging, winning awards, and building their loyal fan base.

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Alison Richter is a seasoned journalist who interviews musicians, producers, engineers, and other industry professionals, and covers mental health issues for Writing credits include a wide range of publications, including,, Bass Player, TNAG Connoisseur, Reverb, Music Industry News, Acoustic, Drummer,, Gearphoria, She Shreds, Guitar Girl, and Collectible Guitar.