Sum 41 have released a reimagined version of their ballad, “Catching Fire”, featuring nothing,nowhere. The track was written for Ari Whibley, frontman Deryck’s wife, after her suicide attempt, and to raise mental health and suicide prevention awareness.
The track was released during Mental Health Awareness Month, but it’s important the conversations don’t stop there. Fans from all over the world submitted their stories of loss, which were combined to create the single’s video, by John Asher, who previously directed Sum 41’s music video for “Never There.”
The vision behind the powerful video-turned-memorial is to shine a light on suicide prevention and help tackle the stigma behind mental health head-on.
Deryck Whibley says of the single:
“Writing this song was cathartic for me in dealing with my emotions for the first time about almost losing my wife to suicide. When I first played it for her, it was the beginning of us having an open conversation about what she went through. In sharing her story, we are hoping to let others know they are not alone and that if you need help, there is no shame in saying so.”
Featured artist nothing,nowhere. continues:
“As someone who has had to deal with mental illness throughout my life – it was a no brainer when Deryck approached me to get on this song. I think it’s important to let those close to you know that you love them and that you are there for them unconditionally. I’m a lifelong sum 41 fan and I’m honored to be a part of something like this.”
Read the interview with both Deryck and Ari Whibley, as they discuss the healing process, via People Magazine here.
Watch the “Catching Fire” video below, and add the track to your favorite streaming service here.
For anyone that needs help, please contact https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ or call 1-800-273-8255.
Images courtesy of Sum 41.