The Wells concert you won’t want to miss in 2018
I’m proud to be involved in Music for the Mind as a volunteer, supplying my copywriting services to organiser Richard Lowe, a Bristol-based training consultant. For Richard, this concert is very personal. His brother James took his own life at the age of 30 following a period of mental ill health. As well as honouring James’s memory, the concert will raise awareness of mental health issues as well as much-needed funds.
“When I look back, I believe James was concerned about the stigma that can often be associated with those suffering from mental health conditions which is why it’s so important to encourage greater understanding. It’s my hope that Music for the Mind will continue to help fund local mental health services, community and business education to support those experiencing emotional distress and mental health issues,” says Richard.
This year’s Wells concert is the second Music for the Mind event. Even though the inaugural show took place a decade ago, it will be just as meaningful for Richard.
“Back then, I wanted to volunteer my skills to do something positive to remember James and raise mental health awareness. The vision, ten years on, is to build on the original concept and inspire others to organise their own Music for the Mind fundraising event,” he says.
Local Mind charities provide practical support and advice for local communities and employers. Whether you’re an individual or a local business, you can affiliate with Music for the Mind as an organiser, volunteer or sponsor.
According to Mind, one in four people in the UK experiences a mental health problem every year. That number has not changed significantly over time. However, evidence suggests it’s getting harder for sufferers to cope. Research published in 2016 by NatCen Social Research and the University of Leicester revealed that the numbers of both men and women who reported self-harming or having suicidal thoughts has increased in recent years.
The provision of mental health services faces an uncertain future. The majority of care — about 80