Music Balm: a celebration of musical talent and mental health care

Sep. 29, 2011

Music Balm is a celebration of musical talent and creativity of those with lived experience (consumers, clients, families, etc.) of mental illness. Now in its third year, this event is a wonderful venue to help explore the recovery process of mental illness. This year 44 people auditioned for Music Balm and the four judges, who are involved in the music industry, chose 17 acts to take part.

“Music Balm is a good example of psycho-social rehabilitation, as patients play a key role in participating, planning and developing the event, says Joe Skufca, a community treatment consultant at Regional Mental Health Care London, who sits on the committee that organizes the event. “Music has played a major role towards recovery of these individuals and creates a sense of hope… not just for themselves but for others as well.”

It is through individuals in the private sector, community agencies, musicians and volunteers all working together that make this event happen. The cost of producing Music Balm is minimal and is all recouped through donations at the door.

Music Balm takes place during Mental Illness Awareness Week on Sunday, October 2 at the Aeolian Hall from 2 - 5 pm. In the past two years Music Balm has ‘packed the house’.

For more information, please contact:
Betty Dann, Communication Consultant
Regional Mental Health Care
St. Joseph’s Health Care London
Phone: 519 455-5110 ext. 47402
Email: betty.dann@sjhc.london.on.ca

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