Organise a musical event for us under the banner of Music for the Mind. The money raised can be targeted at supporting our Hardy Appeal, specifically young people, mothers and the farming community and set up through this link: Neighbourly Fundraising. Or you can just organise a Music for the Mind event and donate through a Just Giving page. Further information can be found in the Music For The Mind Fundraising Pack.
Background to Music for the Mind
Music for the Mind is a fundraising initiative that was first conceived in 2008 by Bristol based business man, Richard Lowe, as a Corporate and Social Responsibility for Hewlett Rand in memory of his brother, James who took his own life following a period of mental illness in 1998.
Music for the Mind has two goals: to raise much-needed funds and to raise awareness of the stigma that’s sometimes associated with mental illness. Says Richard Lowe:
James had asked that his condition remain private until he stabilised. When I look back, I believe he was concerned about the social stigma he may have been labelled with. Like many of us, James was proud and wasn’t accustomed to showing this type of vulnerability.
Richard believes that more can be done to educate patients, their families and employers on where they can go for support.
Greater education is needed about the different types of mental health so that we can all feel far more confident about supporting those with mental health issues. Perhaps if we’d had more information about James’s condition and what to expect, as well as what help was needed and where to get it, this could have provided greater support for both James and those close to him.
During 2018, twenty years following James’s untimely suicide, Richard’s ambition is to create a longer-term legacy project from the Music for the Mind to support local Bristol, Bath and Somerset Mind charities and wishes to encourage others to get involved and organise their own Music for the Mind event either in support, in memory or for the sheer joy of the power of music has in supporting mental health.