Music fans can enjoy a night of entertainment in support of Liverpool’s Mental Health Festival this week.
Money raised during the 6 July event will contribute to October’s festival in the city, after organiser Liverpool Mental Health Consortium (LMHC) experienced a 75% cut in its funding.
Launch 22 has teamed up with the organisation to hold the fundraiser, which will take place within the co-working space on the top floor of Tithebarn Street’s Tempest building from 5-9pm.
The free to attend ‘bring your own bottle’ event will feature a line-up of live acoustic sets from acts including Mel Bowen, Hannah Kewn and Dave & Anwar.
There’ll also be a variety of stalls including an art auction where guests can ‘pay as they feel’ over a minimum bid to buy a piece of artwork by a local artist.
Claire Stevens, development manager at LMHC, says: “Liverpool has some of the highest levels of mental distress in the country – and depression, anxiety and stress are still on the rise, as cuts to local support services are starting to bite. LMHC has experienced a 75% cut this year but we are still determined to give the city a Mental Health Festival to be proud of this October.
“The fundraiser embraces some important objectives of the Liverpool Mental Health Festival: it’s free to attend, inclusive, a great place to meet like-minded people and a platform for creativity. “We’re delighted to collaborate with Launch 22 and we thank them and all the artists and musicians who’ve donated their work and time for free. We hope the event will attract a big audience and help us to get the city talking about mental health this October.”
LMHC was set up in 1995 to help improve mental health services in Liverpool, and was constituted as an independent company and registered charity in 2012.
The Mental Health Festival (pictured last year) aims to raise awareness of those currently dealing with, or who have experienced mental distress in the Liverpool City Region and beyond.