Adam Ambrose is focused on hope with his new single.
Breathe is a song that Calgary musician wrote to help him through challenging times in his life and he’s now trying to give that support back to his audience.
“I want this song to be there for people to say that it’s going to be alright. That you can make it through this, there is a light at the end of the tunnel especially when things were at their worst,” Ambrose said.
Ambrose is running a campaign to coincide with the single’s release today, with 50 per cent of merchandise created especially for this song going directly to the Canadian Mental Health Association – Calgary Region. He’s also accepting donations for the charity on his website.
“When I was in high school, I didn’t have resources or anyone to talk to, so it led me to making a lot of mistakes. I’ve been through drug abuse, family problems, and I tried to commit suicide a couple times. I wish I had known about their programs back then,” he said.
The musician points to The Canadian Mental Health Association’s program called Peer Support Canada, where assistance is offered by people who have experienced similar situations and are trained to support others. He also is inspired by Recovery College, a program that teaches practical life skills, from nutrition to relationships.
‘… there are lines of hope.’ – Adam Ambrose
Since his recent success with the single Relax, Ambrose has been keen on giving back. He figured he would start close to home, since he has struggled with his mental health in the past and is currently pursuing a degree in psychology.
“I want to show people, that even if the world around us seems kind of grim, there are lines of hope,” he said.
This is the first of what Adam Ambrose hopes are many campaigns. He plans to release singles alongside campaigns to raise awareness for programs that can help others.
“I’ve always had it in mind that I want to be a social activist. I don’t want to be known as a legend. I don’t want to be someone to remember. It’s always been my goal to help people,” he said.
“This is the start.”