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On March 7, 2019, the band, “Pray for Sleep” performed at Grandview Heights High School for approx. 600 students (grades 6th -12th) and approx. 60 adults.

As a school administrator, I was initially apprehensive due to the style of music – hard rock/ metal – and because of the sensitive nature of the message, which can often be presented in a way that is more harmful than helpful. And while their partnership with reputable mental health organizations, such as Nationwide Children’s Hospital, eased my feared a bit, I was still a bit unsure if I made the right call when our student-led, “Youth-2-Youth” club asked if they could perform at our school. 

Whomever is reading this can be sure that I will not have the slightest hesitation if Pray for Sleep ever wants to come back to Grandview Heights! The band was absolutely amazing and told stories of their own personal struggles in a way that was concise, yet powerful and very relatable to many of our students who have similar struggles. I’m confident in stating that the style of music performed is not the style the majority of our students listen to; however, every single student was not only engaged with the message, they had a great time! 

Afterwards, the Band stayed so that students could interact with them, ask questions, etc. Additionally, their partnership with the school did not end after the performance. In fact, I have seen members of the Band, as well as people associated with the Band, working with our Youth-2-Youth students and our school counselor to get feedback, offer additional support, etc. 

Not only are they very talented musicians, they care about the struggles of our students in a genuine way. The feedback from our students has been overwhelmingly positive, which is not a surprise in the least.

I couldn’t be more grateful for the time Pray for Sleep has spent with our staff and students spreading positive messages and encouraging people of all ages to talk about mental health and to not be afraid to ask for help.


Robert Brown


Grandview Heights High School

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