Loudoun musicians are teaming up with nonprofit leaders to raise awareness of mental health and jam out while they’re at it.

The Concert for Mental Health, put on by Friends of Loudoun Mental Health, is planned for 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, at the Bush Tabernacle in Purcellville. Musical guests include Paul Pfau, a finalist on NBC’s The Voice; Todd Wright, a Leesburg native and writer for songs sung by Celine Dion and other well-known artists; and Gary Smallwood, a Loudoun-based solo artist who plays a mix of the blues, country, and rock. Legendary disc jockey Cerphe Colwell will serve as master of ceremonies.

The concert is meant to support suicide awareness efforts in Loudoun County. September is Suicide Prevention Month and Friends of Loudoun Mental Health wants to bring awareness to the staggering statistic of suicide. More than 32,000 people in the United States die by suicide each year. Locally, 11 students in Loudoun County Public Schools have taken their own lives in the last two years.

“Mental illness is something that’s not easy to discuss, but bringing well-known musicians into the mix eases the pressure and helps draw awareness to a topic that effects 1 in 5 Americans and has impacted several students in Loudoun County,” stated Katrina Cole, president of Friends of Loudoun Mental Health.

Tickets are $45 and include admission to the concert, food by Monk’s BBQ, a silent and live auction, and a cash bar. All proceeds will support Friends of Loudoun Mental Health in their efforts to support Loudoun County residents that suffer with a mental illness live better lives. Tickets can be purchased at loudounfriends.org.

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