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Jason Isbell, Yola & More To Perform For Sound Mind Live's Come Together Mental Health Music Festival
In celebration of World Mental Health Day, which just around the corner, Sound Mind Live has announced Come Together, a virtual mental health music festival to be broadcast live on Oct. 8. Featured perfomers include Smith & Myers, Jason Isbell, Kiiara, American Authors, Jade Bird, Yola, Shamir, Son Little, and more.
Comedian Jordan Carlos will handle hosting duties, and various mental health eperts from Mental Health America, MusiCares, and the landmark event's founding partner National Alliance on Mental Illness of New York City will provide information on virtual mental health resources, support programs and best practices for self-care.
"Now is the time to break down walls of stigma surrounding mental health and elevate awareness of mental health resources when support is more needed than ever," Sound Mind Live Director Chris Bullard said in a statement. "This is the most important World Mental Health Day of our lifetime. We have experienced global collective grief like never before. Despite this, we can still come together through the power of music to heal these wounds, find hope, and support one another as we move on to more positive horizons in the future."
Festival viewers will be able to access a live interactive chat and donate in real time, with proceeds benefiting affiliates of National Alliance on Mental Illness, the largest grassroots mental health organization in the U.S., and their pandemic-response mental health programs around the country.
The pioneering event will also feature "virtual side stages," featuring break-out performances and panels discussions such as "Mental Health and the BIPOC Community," "Mental Health in the LGBTQ+ Community," and "Mental Health and the Music Community." Leading up to the festival, How Are You Really site will present a series in collaboration with Kenneth Cole's Mental Health Coalition of approximately 20 short videos of artists and notable musicians speaking about their mental health.
Come Together, for which AbbVie is generously acting as presenting sponsor, will be streamed live on Thursday, Oct. 8, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT via the Relix YouTube Channel. For more information and updates, visit the festival website.