Moncton, May 10, 2018 - Mental Health Week will certainly not go unnoticed in New Brunswick. The public is invited to attend A Beacon in the Night Variety show and art expo, this Saturday on the Université de Moncton campus. 

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

“The main goal with A Beacon in the Night is to have people talk positively about mental health,” says Dr. Patrick Marcotte, Psychiatrist at the Dumont UHC and founder of this annual event. “Some of the participants were themselves faced with mental health issues. Others are there to support the cause. We hope the public will join us for what will undoubtedly be a fantastic show!”

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.”

Singer-musician Frank Williams also works as a nurse at the Dumont UHC’s psychiatry department. He is this year’s spokesperson for A Beacon in the Night. 

“I’m truly honoured to be the event’s spokesperson,” says Williams. As a mental health nurse and a musician, I know that 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.”

Jacques B. LeBlanc is the President and CEO of the CHU Dumont Foundation. 

“We need to work together to help eliminate some of the stigma around mental health issues, says LeBlanc. The CHU Dumont Foundation strongly supports A Beacon in the Night, and we firmly believe it is important to do more so we can talk positively about mental health. 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.”

Event details
Art Expo
Salle Jeanne-de-Valois
Université de Moncton
May 12, starting at 5pm
Free admission; donations accepted on site.

Variety Show
Salle Jeanne-de-Valois
Université de Moncton
May 12, starting at 7pm
Free admission; donations accepted on site.

For more information on the activities of A Beacon in the Night 2018:
Web: www.chudumont.ca (Campaigns and Events > A Beacon in the Night)
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To donate: www.chudumont.ca
 

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