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Camden free music event to shatter the stigma of suicide

13th August 2015

Andy Koufou, a music entrepreneur has organised a live music event that aims to raise awareness of mental health stigma and discrimination. 1 in 4 people in the UK will have a mental health problem and yet 9 in 10 people will experience stigma and discrimination as a result.

AKtion Music is presenting ‘Take Five’ at The Monarch, Camden on Wednesday 19 August from 8-11 pm. Entry is free.

Five amazing acts will be performing five songs including young Camden band Albion, and another act with Camden connections is soul jazz act Hollisters’ Rose (Claudia Gascon & Paula Alvarez) who are managed by Andy. Making up the five acts are How’s Harry, Mad Billie & The Tramp Stamps and Jazz Mino.

Why Take Five? Mental health stigma is something very close to Andy’s heart, after overcoming his own feelings of agoraphobia and severe anxiety. Andy also actively campaigns with Time To Change.

“I want to campaign for change. We need to kick mental health stigma into touch and music is a great communicator, bringing people together in a positive way. My aim is to raise awareness of five key mental health issues that many people struggle with today: anxiety, depression, Bipolar, eating disorders and suicide.”

Charities working in these five mental health areas are supporting Andy in his quest, providing information and advice at the event.

National charity PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide applauds the initiative. “It is vital that we talk about suicide to shatter the stigma that still surrounds it today. Only then will more young people admit they need help. Suicide is everyone’s business; we need to watch out for each other too,” said Jessica Snow, from the PAPYRUS fundraising team. “Young people and anyone worried about a young friend should call our helpline HOPELineUK 0800 068 41 41 for practical help and advice.”

 

For more about the Take Five event contact Andyandymusic66@yahoo.co.uk

 

Press contact for more information about the Take Five event: Andy Koufou – andymusic66@yahoo.co.uk 

For more information about PAPYRUS: Rosemary Vaux, PAPYRUS press office direct line 020 8943 5343 mobile 07792 72 62 41

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