Blue October have canceled their current “Pick up the Phone” tour due to the hospitalization of the band’s lead singer Justin Furstenfeld, who was also the spokesperson for the tour. Furstenfeld is being treated for suffering from an extreme mental anxiety attack. His doctors have ordered that the tour—which was committed to reducing the stigma associated with mental health, depression, and suicide—be canceled to allow for his recovery.
“Mental health diseases are unpredictable,” says Furstenfeld. “And on the eve of this tour in support of a cause that means the world to me, I am in need of time to heal from a setback in my own personal life, which is severe enough for me to seek hospitalization. I hope that my action to seek the strength and safety of treatment will inspire others that are suffering to do the same.”
The Pick Up The Phone Tour was to benefit suicide prevention and was created through a partnership between the non-profit organizations To Write Love on Her Arms, Postsecret.com, Synclive.com, and 1-800-SUICIDE—The National Hopeline Network.