UWindsor’s Mental Health Awareness group is hosting an open mic night to end the stigma surrounding mental health on Wednesday, November 23. The event will feature live performances, poetry, spoken word and light refreshments.
Justine Vermey, the group’s president, says its mandate is to raise awareness, help students with their stress, and fundraise for the Canadian Mental Health Association.
“We want to get the word out that you’re not alone, you don’t have to deal with these issues on your own,” says Vermey. “There are people out there who are willing to listen, who want to know what you’re going through and want to support you.”
Past president Albana Berberi says the event offers students with an opportunity to de-stress after midterm season. Those who do not wish to perform can talk to others or have a snack in a stress-free setting.
“It’s an opportunity to unwind with a bunch of other people, and we can talk about mental health because they’re in a relaxed setting,” says Berberi.
Vermey says last year’s event hosted a wide variety of performers, ranging from an improvisational comedy crew to rock band performers.
“A lot of people find music very therapeutic,” says Vermey. “When their mind is buzzing music can really help.”