Moncton, April 5, 2018 - Mental Health Week will certainly not go unnoticed in New Brunswick. A Beacon in the Night is back for a fifth edition! This year, organizers will offer a gala concert and an art exhibition. But that’s not all! There will also be a 5 km run/walk!

“We are very pleased to see how this positive event has evolved. It brings people together,” said Dr. Patrick Marcotte, psychiatrist at the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre and the person behind A Beacon in the Night. “The main goal is to have people talk positively about mental health. Some of the participants were themselves faced with mental health issues. Others just want to support the cause. We invite the public to join us for the physical activity or to attend the concert. Once again, you are in for a great time!”

The run/walk will kick off Mental Health Week on May 6 starting at 9:30, at the Moncton 2010 Stadium with on-site registration. The cost is $20. There will be no charge for children.

The gala concert is slated for Saturday, May 12 at the Jeanne-de-Valois concert hall, on the Université de Moncton campus. The art exhibition starts at 5pm and the show will begin at 7 pm. The event is free, but donations will be accepted at the door.

“I've had the chance to see some of this year's artists perform during the auditions, and I can assure you it will be an amazing event," says Frank Williams, spokesperson for A Beacon in the Night. “I am a mental health nurse and a musician. I know how arts can have a positive impact on our state of mind and on our general health. The artists who will be performing this year have invested a lot of time and energy to prepare. I wholeheartedly hope that the audience will be there to support them.”

For Jacques B. LeBlanc, President and CEO of the CHU Dumont Foundation, A Beacon in the Night has a special meaning.

“The CHU Dumont Foundation strongly supports this important campaign. We firmly believe it is important to do more so we can talk positively about mental health. We need to work together to help eliminate some of the prejudice around mental health issues. We are delighted to see that the event continues to be a success, and we invite the public to participate in large numbers again this year.”

The theme of the 5th edition

The theme chosen by the organizers for this fifth edition of A Beacon in the Night is the multiple facets of mental health disorders.

“There are commonalities between the various mental health disorders,” explains Dr. Marcotte. “They all come with suffering, stigma or misunderstanding and isolation. And, perception is altered, perception of self, of others, of life and of the future. However, there is a tendency to put all mental health problems in the same basket. It should not be this way. As in physical health, there are many disorders and many variations of these disorders. The appropriate attitudes and interventions vary according to the diagnosis. For society to better grasp the reality of psychiatry there must be a more differentiated approach. And this must happen soon.”   

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