Chordsmen Offer Message of Love and Light in Debut Video During National Suicide Prevention Month | Capital University, Columbus Ohio


    • Chordsmen Offer Message of Love and Light in Debut Video

      Capital Communications

      September is the designated month to shine a national spotlight on awareness and prevention of an epidemic most people don't want to discuss but that statistics show hovers in the top 10 causes of death for nearly every age group and is the top two for young adults.

      In honor of National Suicide Prevention Month, the Capital University Chordsmen, a large men’s chorus that sings a wide range of musical styles, recorded conductor Craig Courtney's original composition Father of Light to offer hope to those at risk of or suffering the loss of someone who committed suicide. Courtney is a longtime faculty member in Capital's Conservatory of Music and chief editor at Beckenhorst Press

      The ensemble enlisted the creative talent of Electronic Media and Film graduate Xavier McAllister '15 to combine the powerful media of music and film and bring the story to life. The ensemble’s first official music video is intended to reach out "to show the world that there is a love and a light powerful enough to guide us through anything."

      "The production combines a performance by the Chordsmen with a story line about a student who is depressed and hopeless," Courtney explains. "The story line and the song are dedicated to suicide prevention. We are hoping that it will reach many people and impact their lives."

      The video references suicide and depression, one of the risk factors for suicide. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is no one single cause of suicide, but risk factors include history of depression, alcohol or drug abuse, family history of suicide or violence and feeling alone. Know the warning signs, and don't be afraid to ask for help.


      Capital has a number of available resources related to suicide prevention and depression through the Center for Health and Wellness at (614) 236-6114, including:

      If you feel you are in a life-threatening situation and you're on Bexley's campus, call Public Safety at 614-236-6666. If you are off-campus, call 911.