HCRS to host Me2/Orchestra concert

concertSPRINGFIELD, Vt. – Health Care and Rehabilitation Services (HCRS), a non-profit, community mental-health agency for southeastern Vermont, will be hosting a community concert with the Me2/Orchestra on Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Latchis Theatre in Brattleboro. This event is being held in honor of the agency’s 50th anniversary with the goal of promoting community awareness and destigmatizing mental health disorders and treatment.

Over 115,000 Vermonters are estimated to have experienced a mental illness during the past year. Many of these individuals are unwilling to seek help due to the stigma surrounding mental health services. The Me2/Orchestra’s mission is to erase the stigma surrounding mental illness through supportive classical music ensembles and inspiring performances. The Me2/Orchestra consists of musicians living with mental illness and people who support them. Nearly 50 percent of the orchestra’s members have a mental health condition such as depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, addiction, borderline personality disorder, or post-traumatic stress disorder. Other musicians may not have a mental health condition themselves, but they joined Me2 to use their musical skills to further this vital social mission.

Tickets to this inspiring classical music concert may be purchased in advance at www.hcrsme2.eventbrite.com. Tickets are also being sold at HCRS offices in Brattleboro (Fairview Street), Bellows Falls, and Springfield. Tickets will also be sold at the door. For more information, please contact Alice at 802-886-4567 ext. 2191.

Founded in 1967, HCRS is a non-profit, community mental health agency serving Vermonters in Windham and Windsor counties. HCRS serves over 4,500 individuals every year through its mental health, substance abuse, and developmental disabilities programs. The Agency provides holistic care for clients, supporting them with employment, housing, transportation, and other social service needs. Visit www.hcrs.org for more information.

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