Cape Breton benefit to raise money for mental health crisis unit
Organizer lost a close family member to mental illness
A student from Riverview Rural High School, near Sydney, is doing her best to fight the stigma of mental illness and to raise money for a crisis unit.
Victoria Chapman says it all started when someone she loved died.
"Earlier this year, a member of my family actually lost their battle with mental illness and a few other members of my family started a petition for a mobile mental health crisis unit," she explained.
Chapman decided to organize a major concert for April 2nd called De-stigmatize. Donations at the door will go to the mental health unit at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital.
'Nothing to be ashamed of'
Chapman says in addition to raising money, she wants to fight the stigma surrounding mental health problems.
"I feel that definitely shouldn't be the case," she said.
"I feel that people should be comfortable talking about it because there's nothing to be ashamed of and once you like, express your feelings, or that you have a mental illness, it's a lot easier to get help."
Chapman says she asked some of the area's best young musicians to play the benefit show.
So many bands agreed to participate that the performances will run from 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
The show will take place at the New Dawn Centre.
The performers include Superfuzz, 10-Slip, Tamarack, Kennedy Dale, Electric Spoonful, Keith Doom and the Wrecking Crew, Alicia Penney, The Full Effect, The Dirty Flannel Crew, The Meat Sweats, The Camper Vans, Hyperviolet, and The Shithawks.