Frontman for Blue October, Justin Furstenfeld shares his story of addiction at the El Paso International Music Foundation talk on mental health.

Justin Furstendfeld was in El Paso to perform with his band Blue October at Beer Bites and Beats over the weekend and while in town he took a moment from his busy schedule to talk about his personal struggles with addiction and mental health at the El Paso International Music Foundation forum discussion which took place at Tricky Falls.

Newly created, The El Paso International Music Foundation is a non-profit organization that aims to empower musicians from El Paso, Juarez and Las Cruces through education and advocacy. Their goal is to promote the local music scene, assist artists to achieve their career goals, and facilitate attainment of affordable health care services.

The afternoon opened with Cristal Martinez and Alejandra Dozal from the Counseling Center of Expressive Arts who touched on mental health topics such as causes, symptoms, stigmas and also provided information on local resources. Later we were joined by Justin Furstenfeld who shared his stories about his darkest moments and also about his recovery and how it remains a daily struggle to remain clean even after 6 plus years of being sober. He also took questions from audience members and still took the time afterward to speak to each person individually. We thank Justin Furstenfeld for his relentless energy, compassionate heart and for sharing his story with everyone.