Despite inclement weather and the staging of Mas Camp organizers of the Acute Phycaitric Unit (APU) 12th annual concert said the event was a success.
It was held over the weekend and was aimed at refuting the stigma against mental illness in Dominica.
Speaking to DNO, organizer Leslie Waldron said the concert was a real self esteem booster for patients.
“The patients felt very good about it. They are still speaking about the crowd response to their performances … it really boosted their self esteem,” she said.
One of the highlights of the concert was the performance of Tasha P’s “Let the Children be Children” by a 17-year-old.
Tasha P joined the performance and later told the young girl that she was very impressed, according to Waldron.
Waldron said further that the participation by patients exceeded expectations.
“As a matter of fact, we even had some impromptu acts from patients who were not actually admitted to the ward at the time but came to the show with their families and when they saw the other patients going up, they went up and they sang songs and modeled,” she remarked. “They were very excited.”
Waldron said more preparation of patients will be high on her list for the next staging of the event.
And she said she is looking forward to more public participation.
Sponsors for the event included Digicel, Jolly’s Pharmacy, Jays Bookstore and Green’s Wholesale.
See photos below of the event.
All photos by Zaimis Olmos