For any of you folk in Dublin there is a fantastic initiative called First Fortnight which is trying to reduce the stigma associated with mental health issues. The event is being run in conjunction with Amnesty International and See Change. Not only will there be fantastic music showcased for the small sum of ten Euro, but there will also be a debate on mental health with a number of well-known people.
Showcasing 2011’s hottest new Irish talent, First Fortnight will feature headline acts Codes, And So I Watch You From Afar, Dark Room Notes and Le Galaxie for an exciting music event on 15 January 2011.
First Fortnight is held every year in mid-January, providing a mix of inspiring debate and musical entertainment. This year First Fortnight has teamed up with Amnesty International Ireland to support its campaign challenging mental health prejudice and discrimination.
Daragh Anderson of Codes said: “We got involved with this event because mental health affects all of us – whether it’s directly or a friend, a colleague, or family member who is experiencing difficulties. “A gig like this is great, as not only does music bring people together, it also clearly shows that mental health problems aren’t taboo, and that simply by being open and talking about it, we can help fight the prejudice and discrimination that exists.”
The music gig will be preceded by a lively discussion asking the question: Have attitudes and behaviours towards people with mental health problems really changed?
Colm O’Gorman Executive Director, Amnesty International Ireland
Liam Hayes GAA star, journalist and author
Siobhan Barry College of Psychiatry, Ireland
Colm Tobin Author
Plus special guests