The Nashville-based nonprofit Mental Health Initiative (MHI) is hosting its inaugural “Healing Through Songs” benefit concert on Oct. 26 at Battle Ground Academy (BGA) in Franklin, Tennessee.
Lauren Alaina, Shy Carter, Conner Smith and John Byron will perform acoustically in a songwriters round during the show, which will also feature special guests and help raise funds for the organization committed to increasing accessibility to residential mental health treatment.
The lineup will take the stage at the Center for Arts and Entrepreneurship on BGA’s Glen Echo campus at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. for a pre-show social hour featuring light food and beverages, information booths from participating sponsors and photo opportunities.
“As our first major event as a 501(c)(3), ‘Healing Through Songs’ is a turning point for our organization and the individuals we support,” says Jessie Louverture, MHI Executive Director. “We are excited to bring together a group of accomplished musicians who are passionate about mental healthcare for an uplifting night of songs, stories and surprises. Through the power of music and community, ‘Healing Through Songs’ will move MHI one step closer to making residential mental health treatment accessible for all.”
In tandem with the benefit concert, MHI is hosting an online auction with unique experiences and items. Bidding is open from now until Oct. 25. All net proceeds from “Healing Through Songs” will go toward MHI’s mission of ensuring that individuals experiencing severe and recurring mental health challenges have access to effective treatment regardless of income or insurance status.
Mental Health Initiative was founded to reduce the financial barrier preventing those in need from receiving residential treatment for severe mental illness through both grants to help cover the cost of treatment and partnerships with treatment centers across the country to create scholarship options. Additionally, MHI advocates for systemic changes that will increase access to as well as promote education about, effective treatment modalities for acute psychiatric illnesses.