NMHA Launches 'mpower: musicians for mental health'

Nov 17, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors

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The National Mental Health Association (NMHA) launched "mpower: musicians for mental health," a national youth awareness campaign that harnesses the power of music to raise awareness about mental health and substance abuse issues and encourages teens to seek help when they need it.

"Music inspires, motivates and often serves as a catalyst for social change," said Michael Faenza, president and CEO of the National Mental Health Association. "One in five young people have a diagnosable mental health problem, but more than two-thirds do not get the help they need. By working with musicians on mpower, we can really get the word out to America's youth that mental health matters."

To kick off the campaign, NMHA unveiled mpoweryouth.org, a Website that allows teens to share their real-life stories and features messages on the importance of mental health from top musicians, including Michelle Branch, Jackson Browne, Vanessa Carlton, Dakona, Fat Joe, Jennifer Holliday, The Neptunes and many others. Through concerts, special events, media outreach, PSAs and educational forums, mpower's supporting artists and youth leaders will raise awareness about mental health and substance abuse.

For more, visit www.nmha.org.






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