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Music extravaganza raises profile of mental ill-health

BENEFIT CONCERT: Miranda Arieh and Rowan Sandle who have organised the concert at Brudenell Social Club.

BENEFIT CONCERT: Miranda Arieh and Rowan Sandle who have organised the concert at Brudenell Social Club.

A woman who has lived with mental health issues for most of her life is hoping a benefit concert will help combat stigma against those affected.

Miranda Arieh wants to use her experiences to raise awareness of the subject.

She works with charity Leeds Mind and with fellow music fan and colleague Rowan Sandle, has arranged for nine local acts to play at the event next Saturday, January 25.

It’s the latest event for Feel The Benefit, a volunteer organisation Miranda set up to support community causes.

The proceeds will go towards Leeds Mind, but she also wants the all-day event linked to the national Time to Change campaign, to highlight the impact of mental health difficulties.

Miranda said: “It’s mainly to raise awareness of mental health difficulties.

“I have experienced throughout my life a lot of stigma and discrimination linked to mental ill-health.

“It’s something I feel very strongly about.”

The 29-year-old has suffered from mental health issues since her early teens.

She has been hospitalised because of the difficulties and experienced severe mental health crises.

“There have been times where I’ve been massively incapacitated by my mental health,” she said.

“But now I feel like it’s something I can manage and I can manage my wellbeing.

“The thing that has helped me more than anything is working with Leeds Mind.”

Miranda, from Meanwood, Leeds, now works for the charity developing peer support services by sharing her experiences.

After setting up Feel The Benefit a few years ago, Miranda wanted to show her appreciation to Leeds Mind through the benefit concert.

Using contacts on the Leeds music scene, she and Rowan have signed up nine acts, while there will also be a DJ set, live art, pledge stall and a photo booth.

Bands will be encouraged to share their own experiences and to sign a pledge agreeing to fight discrimination. The event takes place on Saturday at Brudenell Social Club from 2.30pm. The suggested donation for entry is £7.

Search for Feel The Benefit Leeds Mind on Facebook for details. Visit www.leedsmind.org.uk for more on the charity.

 

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