Saturday, September 19, 2015

Beach Boy Joins Mental Health Campaign with Benefit Concert

Beach Boys in concert 1964. Brian Wilson in center. Public domain photo

Rolling Stone reports,  Brian Wilson's lifelong struggle with mental health issues is at the centerpiece of his acclaimed new biopic Love and Mercy. On Thursday, the Beach Boys co-founder announced a partnership with The Campaign To Change Direction to help others people facing similar issues...One of Wilson's first acts will be to play a November 4th benefit concert at the Hyatt Regency in Tysons, Virginia. The show will raise funds for Give An Hour, a non-profit and lead organization behind the Change Direction campaign that provides free mental health services to veterans.

The Campaign to Change Direction states from its website: 

America is at a crossroads when it comes to how our society addresses mental health. We know that one in five of our citizens has a diagnosable mental health condition, and that more Americans are expected to die this year by suicide than in car accidents.

While many of us are comfortable acknowledging publicly our physical suffering, for which we almost always seek help, many more of us privately experience mental suffering, for which we almost never reach out.

The Campaign to Change Direction is a collection of concerned citizens, nonprofit leaders, and leaders from the private sector who have come together to create a new story in America about mental health, mental illness, and wellness.

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