The Spoons to Lead Mental Health Stigma Fundraiser with CMHA in Burlington

Canadian new wave icons The Spoons will help fight mental health stigma by performing at a fall fundraiser in the city where they started their career decades ago.

The 1980s band are set to join the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Halton for a concert in Burlington by joining the “Long Road Back” fundraiser on September 28 at the Performing Arts Center.

“We are honored to be back in our hometown and be a part of this very important night,” said frontman Gord Deppe.

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“Our mental health may well be one of the biggest casualties of the pandemic. We have seen how it affects those around us, from those we love to those who fought hard for our safety.”

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The CMHA defines mental health stigma as social disapproval or when society shames people living with a mental illness such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The September event will be hosted by longtime 900 CHML broadcaster Ted Michaels, who has hosted the mental health radio show #WellnessWednesdays since 2014.

Michaels will receive the National Mental Health Champion Award presented in Olx Praca by the Governor General in 2015.

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“As someone who suffers from anxiety, I wanted to share my story because many people suffer in silence and don’t know where to turn,” Michaels said.

“All the guests on my show have shared stories of the fear and anxiety that COVID has caused and the challenges that remain.”

Michaels and CMHA say “The Long Way Back” refers to the return to normal life and is a reminder that help is available for those who need it.

“During the pandemic, many people have come to experience key mental health issues such as isolation, loss of purpose, thinning social media and inexplicable feelings,” said Rashaad Wahed, chief executive of CMHA Halton.

Also on the bill in September is singer-songwriter Michele Titian of the Drive Foundation, who advocates for mental health awareness and solutions.

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In August and September, Titan tours Europe as a member and performer to spread the word about recovery and healing through music.

The program features special guest Marshall Potts with songs from Stormhis latest album.

Tickets are on sale now for $69.50 each and can be purchased at the Burlington Performing Arts Center at 440 Locust St., online, or call 905-681-6000.

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