Thom Swift hosts A Day in Their Shoes, a Songwriters’ Circle in support of mental health in Fredericton, May 7
(Fredericton, NB) — If you or a loved one has lived with a mental illness/mental health condition you know all too well how debilitating and terrifying it can be. Again, this year, the Canadian Mental Health Association of New Brunswick, Fredericton is doing its part to help those impacted while educating the public on the illness or temporary drop in well-being and the stigma that is attached to mental health.
A Day in Their Shoes will be held on May 7th and aims to bring mental health out of the shadows and into the spotlight on centre stage with music and song.
New Brunswick-born, multi award-winning singer-songwriter, Thom Swift will host the event. It will also feature up and coming singer-songwriter Brittany McQuinn. McQuinn’s debut CD, BOLD was written about her struggle with and triumphs over mental illness. Joining Thom and Brittany, Martine Ingersoll performs her unique heartfelt poetry about her personal struggles through anxiety and depression. The circle is completed by members of Project Alive/Vivant, which is a fellowship of soldiers and veterans finding purpose and healing through arts, creativity and music while providing a voice and opening doors to the artistic world for its community. Jean-Matthieu Ferland (seen in FUSION Fredericton), Tom Barrett and Gaeten Hebert … are three military veterans whose PTSD finds peace and solace in music and song.
“It is indeed a privilege and honour to be part of this event,” says Thom Swift, a well-known in Fredericton on the music scene for over 30 years. “Everyone is affected by mental illness, either directly or indirectly. It is high time that society buries the stigma attached to mental illness. Having singer-songwriters share their personal stories is a step in the right direction. Please join us at this important event.”
A Day in Their Shoes is an awareness and fundraising evening with proceeds supporting CMHA of NB mental health initiatives and programs in the Fredericton area. Taking place Monday, May 7th at the Delta Fredericton (7:30–10:30 pm), this inspirational evening will bring light to the realities of how mental illnesses including situational mental health concerns, PTSD, anxiety, and depression affect families. You will be hearing the stories and songs first-hand from people who have lived and thrived despite having to overcome many barriers presented by mental health concerns.
Imagine not feeling as though you have control of your own mind, experiencing uncomfortable body symptoms ranging from feeling as though you are having a heart attack to feeling paralyzed, and having every aspect of your life affected… but not knowing why. This is what an individual experiencing a mental illness can face. Imagine what it must be like living day in and day out in their shoes.
Tickets for the event are available now online at eventbrite.ca and Reads Newsstand & Cafe.
A Day in Their Shoes is being held during the 67th annual CMHA Mental Health Week May 7-13, 2018.