Music for Mental Health

Music for Mental Health

Fri, September 21, 2018

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 7:30 pm


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This event is 18 and over

Music for Mental Health
Music for Mental Health
New Orleans, September 21: On Friday, September 21nd, 2018, six local musicians align for the 2nd Annual Music for Mental Health: An Evening of Song and Discussion, presented by the Brett Thomas Doussan (BTD) Foundation. The concert features LeBaron Ahmon, Arsene Delay, Mike Doussan, Mykia Jovan, Julie Odell, and Kathryn Rose Wood.  The concert takes place at Gasa Gasa (4920 Freret St., New Orleans, LA 70115) from 8-10pm, with doors at 7:30pm. Open to ages 18 and up, tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance at or at the door.

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month; all month, mental health advocates, organizations, survivors, allies, and community members unite to promote resources and raise awareness on suicide prevention and living with mental illness. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death among adults in the U.S. and the 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10-24. In 2016 alone, 42,733 Americans died by suicide; 90% of individuals who died by suicide experienced mental illness. In commemoration of National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, the intimate concert on the role of utilizing music as an expressive outlet, coping tool, and connector for navigating mental health issues is announced for September by the artists. For some of the performers, this includes having experienced losing a family member to suicide or attempting suicide themselves, and using music to channel the grief related to these difficult losses. In a stripped-down, conversational setting, Ahmon, Delay, Doussan, Jovan, Odell, and Wood share the same stage in song and conversation about these experiences in an effort to bring transparency to the discussion and de-stigmatization of mental illness.

The Brett Thomas Doussan (BTD) Foundation seeks to raise mental health awareness and funding for resources in the Greater New Orleans area through advocacy, education, and music. Through their endeavors, the BTD foundation hopes to keep the legacy of their beloved namesake and friend, lost to suicide, alive in the community that fostered his deep passion for music. A past sponsor of 2017’s Music for Mental Health, the BTD foundation partners with the program’s initiative to further align dedication toward a common goal: using music as a light for mental health matters and giving voice to those who may feel they have none. All funds raised at the event will benefit the BTD Foundation’s local beneficiaries including the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention - Louisiana Chapter, the Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health Unit of Children’s Hospital New Orleans, Loyola University’s Music Therapy Graduate Program, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) New Orleans Chapter, and the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic and Assistance Foundation . The concert is also sponsored by the New Orleans Advocate.
Venue Information:
Gasa Gasa
4920 Freret St
New Orleans, LA, 70115