By Jessica Jones
For the Independent
The mother of a local 16-year-old youth who took her own life nearly three years ago is trying to end the stigma around mental health with the second annual Music for Mental Health event on Feb. 6th.
Lesa Miller, event organizer, said that before her daughter, Kalysta Miller, passed away she planned on becoming a youth psychologist.
“She wanted to help people going through some of the same stuff she was, and when she died, she wanted something like this done,” Miller explained.
Funds raised from Music for Mental Health will be going to Stettler FCSS to aid youth in paying for counselling.
The primary goal, however, is to raise awareness, Miller said.
“I don’t have a financial goal, I just want as many people as possible to come out,” she said.
“It will be a good evening with a lot of good comments and feedback.
“People enjoyed it last year and learned a lot.”
Music for Mental Health features speakers from the Canadian Mental Health Association, as well as Bob Wilkie, an ex-NHL player.
Musical entertainment will be provided by The Jazz Guys and Tobi Vos. There will also be door prizes and an informational resource table.
The event starts at 7 p.m. at the Stettler Performing Arts Centre.
Tickets for $30 ($15 for students) are available at the high school, Stettler FCSS, Wells Furniture or at the door.
For more information, contact Lesa Miller at 403-740-9660.