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Andrew WK named Person Of The Year by American Association Of Suicidology

By | Published on Wednesday 21 February 2018

Andrew WK

Andrew WK has been named Person Of The Year by suicide prevention charity the American Association Of Suicidology. The first person to receive the prize, the organisation said that it was presenting it to him “due to his consistent and powerful use of positivity to improve the lives of those who hear his music”.

“Andrew’s message resonates with the field of suicide prevention in that he encourages people to use their capabilities to create a life worth living”, says AAS president Julie Cerel.

Executive Director Colleen Creighton adds: “Andrew WK has brought so much hope and joy to so many people through the power of his music, lectures, and writings. He has empowered individuals to find a positive path forward. Therefore, we are pleased to name him our inaugural Person Of The Year for the incredible impact he has had in transforming lives throughout the world”.

Accepting the award, Andrew WK say: “Words cannot adequately convey my astonishment at having been selected for this unique recognition. I’m grateful to the American Association Of Suicidology for the incredibly valuable work they’ve done for so long, and continue to do now, when it’s needed more than ever”.

He continues: “My story is a familiar one. From a young age, I felt consistently uneasy in the world, and thus began an ongoing search for something to quell the sense of wrongness inside of me. I was lucky enough to discover a life’s work, which not only transmuted my darker tendencies into something brighter and more deserving of my energy, but also allowed me to amplify and share that quest with others”.

“In my mission to find joyful meaning in life, I never imagined my rock and roll destiny would become a source of inspiration for those who also dwelled in the shadows. To reach into the abyss and somehow make contact with the unknown is both terrifying and miraculous, but even more terrifying and miraculous, is to reach into yourself and somehow make contact with your fellow man. It’s in this quintessential form of contact – this primal physical and emotional connection – that the truth about life must surely be found. This is our challenge – to see if we can find the other person inside of us, and us in them, and to let this process of enlightened discovery open our hearts, and purify our minds”.

“I’d like to humbly accept this award on behalf of all the people who work every day at forging this sacred human bond. I’d like to accept this award on behalf of music itself, and on behalf of the mysterious life-force feeling I simply call ‘partying’. I’d like to accept this award on behalf of every person who has struggled and overcome, and struggled and fallen – for I have been both”.

“I’d also like to accept this honour on behalf of every person who’s lost someone – or lost themselves – to seemingly insurmountable darkness”, he concludes. “In a world of confusion, distress, and extraordinary challenges, there are few efforts more worthwhile than devoting oneself to the raising of the collective human spirit. If any of our work can contribute to this vast emergency – this crisis of joy – then may the Party Gods grant us ever more strength, so we may all help make the world a partier place”.

The award will be officially presented at the AAS Annual Conference in Washington, DC in April.