Country music artist Chris Stapleton’s debut solo album earned him bona fide superstar status complete with Grammys, Country Music Award (CMA) honors and, last Sunday, a slew of trophies from the Academy of Country Music (ACM). And now, with his recently released song, “Fire Away”, the triple threat – singer, songwriter and producer – is lending his celebrity to shine a light on a disorder that disables millions of Americans – mental illness. And HCA’s TriStar Portland Emergency Room was there to help.

The reality is, mental illness is real – and has been a topic of taboo for far too long. The music video for “Fire Away,” filmed in part in TriStar Portland’s trauma room, helps to start the dialogue and bring attention to the mental health crisis in the United States.

The video chronicles a couple’s journey through the emotional roller coaster ride of mental illness – a wife suffering from the condition and a husband loving her through it all – and ends tragically after she is found with self-inflicted injuries and later dies at the hospital.

Tristar Portland’s Emergency Services Director Melony Scott, who was on-hand during filming, said the video was “spot on.”  “Unfortunately, there are people suffering from mental illness who feel hopeless and helpless and decide they have no other choice than to end their life,” she said. “When EMS responds to a call in that situation, this video portrays exactly how we receive those patients, and too often, the final outcome. That happens every day around the country – it’s real life.”

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