Find out how you can help South Somerset Mind
The attached pack has been put together to provide you with details of how you can get involved, how to organise and share your Music for the Mind event to support South Somerset Mind. The money raised will be targeted at supporting our Hardy Appeal, specifically Young People, Young Mothers and the farming community – Click here for more information on The Hardy Appeal.
15 Sep 18 – Cedars Hall, Wells – A concert is being organised by Richard Lowe and initial details are contained in the below flyer. Watch this space as artists are confirmed!
Music for the Mind is a fundraising initiative that was first conceived in 2008 by Bristol based business man, Richard Lowe, as a Corporate and Social Responsibility for Hewlett Rand in memory of his brother, James who took his own life following a period of mental illness in 1998.
Music for the Mind 2018 has two goals: to raise much-needed funds and to raise awareness of the stigma that’s sometimes associated with mental illness. Says Richard Lowe:
“James had asked that his condition remain private until he stabilised. When I look back, I believe he was concerned about the social stigma he may have been labelled with. Like many of us, James was proud and wasn’t accustomed to showing this type of vulnerability.”
Richard believes that more can be done to educate patients, their families and employers on where they can go for support.
“Greater education is needed about the different types of mental health so that we can all feel far more confident about supporting those with mental health issues. Perhaps if we’d had more information about James’s condition and what to expect, as well as what help was needed and where to get it, this could have provided greater support for both James and those close to him.”
During 2018, twenty years following James’s untimely suicide, Richard’s ambition is to now create a longer-term legacy project from the Music for the Mind to support local Bristol, Bath and South Somerset Mind charities and wishes to encourage others to get involved and organise their own Music for the Mind event either in support, in memory or for the sheer joy of the power of music has in supporting mental health.