We are in the midst of a mental health crisis in the United States. The pandemic is exacerbating the crisis in so many ways. According to the Mental Health America organization, 60% of our youth suffering from depression received no mental health treatment in 2017-2018. With the pandemic, it believed this percentage is now drastically higher.
We do know from Mental Health America, that the number of people seeking help for anxiety and depression increased by a scary 93 percent from January 2020 to September 2020.
The pandemic has caused wait times for available treatments for substance abuse and mental health to stretch into weeks and even months. State and county budgets are being crippled. Unable to provide additional resources and stretched thin.
Before the pandemic, it was estimated by Mental Health America that approximately 20% of adults living in the U.S. in 2017-2018 experienced mental health issues. What percentage of adults in 2020-2021 will experience mental health issues?
It is fair to say that we are facing a troubling public health and mental health crisis heading into the winter and spring of 2021. The forthcoming and miraculous innovations of vaccines offer a glimmer of hope. However, there are months ahead to endure.
Throughout the United States and globally, musicians of all genres have not been spared from both COVID-19 and mental health issues. In the jazz community, artistic and income opportunities have been decimated. This includes people from the supportive services of venues, sound technicians, promotion, and the likes who are also severely impacted.
While many are using various outlets to survive and live with the daily anxiety, there are many who need help. Musicians who may have already been dealing with mild to moderate anxiety and depression are most susceptible to suffer severe symptoms. Leading to increases in people suffering from loneliness and isolation. Upticks in substance abuse. Most, unfortunately, also leading to a significant increase in suicidal thoughts.
Tonight, on Friday, December 4th, JazzBuffalo and MusicalFare Theatre host a memorial jazz concert live stream for Angelo Di Loreto. Beginning at 7:30 pm. Angelo was a gifted jazz pianist and individual we lost to the earthly world on October 17th of this year. He suffered from anxiety and depression throughout his life.
Three of his musical brothers will tell stories of the special person Angelo was to them. And, perform some of Angelo’s most meaningful compositions from the Philippe Lemm Trio and the Genesis Piano Project. Performing will be Philippe Lemm (drums), Jeff Koch (bass), and Adam Kromelow (piano).
A portion of the proceeds from the memorial concert will be donated to the National Association of Mental Illness and the Mental Health Advocacy Group of Erie County. Both organizations offer awareness and resources addressing mental health illness.
We hope you can join us as we, in this small way, pay tribute to Angelo Di Loreto. And, shine a light on mental health awareness. You can do so by obtaining a per household digital pass good for two weeks for $10 plus a $3 facility fee. Please click on the link below: