NAMI hosts metal music for mental health awareness Friday

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NAMI hosts metal music for mental health awareness Friday

Graphic provided by Paul Quinn.

Graphic provided by Paul Quinn.

Graphic provided by Paul Quinn.

Graphic provided by Paul Quinn.

By Jessica Johnston, Assistant News Director

The local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness is hosting its second “Rock for Recovery” event Friday from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. at the Knights of Columbus in Zanesville.

Six metal bands have volunteered their time to perform during the six-hour event to spread awareness for mental illness and addiction recovery.

The six bands include:

  • Chasym
  • When Gods Collide
  • Waste of White
  • Skull’Rz Bane
  • Nekronik
  • Pray for Sleep

The headlining band, Pray for Sleep, spreads a message of hope to its listeners as the band proclaims to “fight against a darkness that aims to make us slaves to sadness,” according to a media release.

Everyone is invited to the event, but NAMI is hoping to target a younger crowd of thirties and under metal music listeners to spread awareness and message of hope to anyone impacted by mental health and addiction whether personally or through someone else.

President of the local NAMI chapter, Paul Quinn, said his message to those attending the event is that “there are resources and that treatment works.”

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administrator Matt Davis will give a message of hope during the event.

Last year, the event drew a crowd that packed a venue for 100 people. Quinn is hoping this year’s event brings in just as many people if not more.

While there is no cover charge for the event, donations are welcomed as NAMI does require external funding to operate its programs to educate families and advocate for the mentally ill.

To follow along with future local and national NAMI events, visit the six-county local chapter on Facebook.