MINNEAPOLIS - Chris Hawkey knows how to make you laugh.

He knows how to push your buttons when it comes to Vikings trash talking. He knows how to get you to push play with the songs he sings to packed houses.

But he also knows something about himself that you don’t know. For as long as he can remember, he has struggled with serious depression.

Wednesday, he sat down to talk with Jana Shortal about that. And about the song he wrote specifically to tell people what it’s like to live in the dark.

Listen to the song here.

Chris will perform this at a fundraiser for suicide awareness this Friday, Nov. 17, 6 p.m. at the Hard Rock Café in the Mall of America. Admission is free but donations to SAVE: Suicide Awareness Voices of Education are welcome. Here are all the event details.

Click here for more information about suicide prevention and awareness.