September 17, 2019
MEDIA RELEASE: 6th Annual Jammin' For Jamie Concert
When:  Saturday, Oct.19th - Doors open at 8:00pm
Who: Kim Mitchell w/ special guests One Knight's Stand & Fish Head
Where: Mavricks Music Hall, 46 Dunlop St. West Barrie, Ontario 
Why: Raise mental health awareness and “start talking”.
 
On October 9th, 2012 at the age of fifty-four, Jamie Turner died by suicide, after battling major depression and severe anxiety for nearly two years.  Jamie’s story is a unique case because, to many, he seemed like the last person to fall victim to a mental illness. Over the course of 18 months, with ongoing support and care from his family and friends, he tried everything to beat the illness –Despite these efforts, Jamie believed time was not on his side, and he continued to plummet to an even darker state of debilitating anxiety and severe depression.
 
Family and friends know that Jamie had an enormous passion for music, so while celebrating his life and love for music, Jammin’ for Jamie was organized to increase awareness, improve perspectives and encourage people to talk about mental illness in our local community.
 
“How touching it is to see our community come together, yet again, in honor of our Jamie. We are so humbled and proud of the people coming out to support a cause that more and more people are talking about, thanks to CMHA's Start Talking campaign and support! Our family would like to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts who have supported the event in the past, present and future! Jamie is certainly looking down with pride as more and more people jam out together each year in his name. ”said the Turner family.
 
“We are so grateful to the Turner Family that they used their experiences to create awareness and break down stigma around suicide and mental health. These events are so wonderful at creating understanding and can take the fear out of the subject so that people can “Start talking” and that in turn can make for more compassionate communities and potentially save lives. “said Aleta Armstrong  Senior Manager, Community Awareness, Resource Development and Family Mental Health Initiative -CMHA Simcoe County Branch.
 
Tickets can be purchased online at www.impactlive.ca and will be available at the door. Sponsorships opportunities are available at www.starttalking.ca.  Funds raised will directly benefit The Canadian Mental Health Association-Barrie Simcoe branch and the Suicide Awareness Council of Simcoe County.
 
Media Contacts:
Liz Grummett lgrummett@cmhastarttalking.ca 705-726-5033 Ext.512
Lynne Raimondi lraimondi@cmhastarttalking.ca 705-726-5033 Ext. 536
www.starttalking.ca for more information.