09 September 2010
Prestigious performance to celebrate mental health
A group of mental health staff and service users in Bristol are
holding a concert starring the renowned Bristol Male Voice Choir to
celebrate World Mental Health Day.
The group, who work for or use the services of Avon and
Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust at Southmead
Hospital, decided to team up with the choir after seeing the hugely
positive impact that music has on people experiencing mental health
The concert will take place on the evening of Friday 8 October
the Fry Club in Keynsham and tickets will cost £5. Doors will open
at 7.00pm with the performance starting at 7.30pm.
Jan Morris, modern matron, explained, "We were absolutely
delighted that Bristol Male Voice Choir agreed to help us celebrate
mental health and raise awareness of mental health issues. Music
can be hugely beneficial to improving and maintaining good mental
health. Just having a good sing along to the radio can help to
raise someone's mood so to have this choir, who have toured
globally and performed at great venues including New York's
Carnegie Hall, performing for us will be very special indeed.
"We are really looking forward to the programme the choir are
preparing for our celebration, which will also include a soloist.
Money raised from the event will be used to fund sessions with a
musician for service users at our wards at Southmead."
Peter Davies, chairman of the Bristol Male Voice Choir said, "It
is well known that music can have a very powerful emotional effect
and this World Mental Health Day celebration is a great opportunity
to highlight that. Working with Jan and her team has also helped
choir members to increase our own understanding of mental health
Tickets are available from the Gloucester House reception,
Southmead Hospital, telephone 0117 323 4147 or from Jan Morris,
telephone 07768 300303 (cash or cheque only - cheques should be
made payable to 'AWP NHS Trust').