A group of Manitobans ranging in age from 7 to 70+ are hoping to add to the growing conversation around destigmatizing mental health. The Winnipeg Youth Chorus and Margaret’s Choir are joining forces for a 90-minute choral benefit concert aptly named “HOPE“.
Margaret’s Choir, previously known as Spirit’s Call Choir, is a non-audition community choir composed of 215 novice and professional singers performing under the musical leadership of Nathan Poole.
Proceeds from HOPE will benefit the Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba, a non-profit group working to help eradicate the stigma of mood disorders and improve mental health for all.
MDAM provides a caring lifeline by way of peer drop-in, peer telephone, one on one peer counseling, or any number of weekly groups and courses that help those affected and their families learn about self-help.
Their services are free, open to children, teens and adults who are living with a mental illness or who have a loved one dealing with the diagnosis.
According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, one in five people have a diagnosable mental health condition in any given year. Mental illness does not discriminate – it affects people of all ages, genders, races and economic levels.
The 280 singers taking the stage at the Centennial Concert Hall on May 24 are asking all Manitobans to please join them and be vocal about mental illness.
“Our goal is to fill the house, and as a result help support MDAM as they continue the amazing and life changing work that they do.” – Winnipeg Youth Chorus.
HOPE – a Benefit Concert will be performed on Wed. May 24, 2017 at 7 p.m. Centennial Concert Hall, 555 Main St. Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Tickets available online at https://squareup.com/store/winnipeg-youth-chorus
General Admission $25 Students $15