Home Free is using their platform to speak out about something other than music, but of far more importance. The all-vocal group shared a powerful video on social media of the importance of mental health, in honor of Suicide Prevention Month, which takes place in September.
“One thing I’ve learned as I’ve gotten older is that there’s always room for improvement in your life,” Tim Foust says. “I let my ego get in the way for many, many years, and I finally relented a couple of years ago, and started seeing a therapist. I wish I would have done it so long ago. I’m a happier, healthier person. My relationships are stronger than they’ve ever been. I just encourage folks to talk to a stranger about what’s going on in your life. You’d be surprised at how liberating that is.”
Adam Rupp acknowledges the important connection he has found between physical and mental health, and how one often impacts the other.
“I think everyone in the band, at varying levels, and I think people in general have always known or understood what physical health can do for you, eating right and exercising,” Rupp reflects. “There’s a great similarity between that and mental health. I don’t think a lot of people know what mental activities you can do, or things you can do to alleviate mental stress that’s very similar in that way. You’ve got physical health and mental health, and they’re both equally important. I know for me, I’ve turned off a lot of social media, for my mental health, and that’s been a tremendous boost to my overall happiness.”
Today marks the start of Suicide Prevention Month. We take our mental health incredibly seriously – three of us are married to therapists and all of us see therapists. It’s an understatement to say it’s been life-changing. #SuicidePreventionMonth #MentalHealth pic.twitter.com/6w80SXvx5N
— Home Free (@HomeFreeGuys) September 1, 2021
Home Free, whose patriotic Land of the Free album was released in June, has had millions and millions of views on their videos, and sold out arenas all over the world. While all five members dreamed of making a full-time living as a musician, their success has exceeded even their own wildest dreams.
“I hoped that we would get to a level where we could tour all over the world, but I never dreamed that we would be members of the Country Music Association,” Foust tells Everything Nash. “I never dreamed that we’d be regulars on the Grand Ole Opry, that we would be collaborating with absolute country music icons. All of that is just mind blowing. I’m just buckled up and holding on for the ride.”
Home Free is currently on their Dive Bar Saints Tour. Find a list of all of their upcoming shows, and purchase Land of the Free, at HomeFreeMusic.com.