Mount Allison hosts the first Elephant in the Music Room
9/18/2015 12:08:55 PM
Elephant in the Music RoomMount Allison University will hold its first Elephant in the Music Room event on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. in Brunton Auditorium (Marjorie Young Bell Music Conservatory).

Following the format of the popular Elephant in the Room events, Mount Allison students, including several Music students, will be sharing their stories of lived experience with a mental health issue. 

Mount Allison’s mental health educator, Karen Geldart, will also give a short presentation on stigma and barriers to people seeking help.

“The schedules and studies of a Music student are unique. With performances and practicing, along with everyday stressors, students can sometimes experience performance anxiety and stage fright,” says Geldart. “Like our other Elephant in the Room events, we’re seeking to show support for our students and share the message that it’s okay not to be okay.”

Music professor Dr. Elizabeth Wells will also speak on the history of mental illness among famous musicians and composers, including Robert Schumann, a German composer and influential music critic from the 1800s.

“I am a big proponent of mental health awareness and am excited to be part of this event,” says Wells. “I was fortunate to present on mental health at a TEDx talk two years ago and am looking forward to sharing stories of famous musicians and composers who experienced mental health challenges with our students.”

Change Your Mind, a student group with the goal of promoting mental health and decreasing the stigma attached to mental illness, the Music Society, and the University’s Wellness Centre, have organized the Elephant in the Music Room event. 

For more information on Change Your Mind and upcoming events follow them on Facebook.

Everyone is welcome to attend; there is no admission charge.