Fancy spending your Thursday night having a few drinks; listening to local musicians with stunning views of Liverpool’s skyline? Why not do it in aid of mental health too?

Creative co-working space Launch22 has teamed up with Liverpool Mental Health Consortium (LMHC) to bring you an evening jam packed with some of the very best acts from Liverpool’s renowned music scene. The line-up will include Mel Bowen, Hannah Kewn, and Dave & Anwar among others performing live acoustic sets.

The night will also feature a variety of stalls including an art auction, where guests can “pay as they feel” over a minimum bid to go home with a unique piece of artwork donated by local artists such as Sarah Kitty Fuller. And the best bit? All proceeds will go towards LMHC who recently had their funding cut by 75% in the latest round of NHS ‘austerity measures’.

Claire Stevens, Development Manager Liverpool Mental Health Consortium– ‘Liverpool has some of the highest levels of mental distress in the country – and depression, anxiety and stress are still on the rise, as cuts to local support services are starting to bite. Liverpool Mental Health Consortium has experienced a 75% cut this year but we are still determined to give the city a Mental Health Festival to be proud of this October!

Launch 22’s fundraiser is a great motivation and we’re really grateful for their time, effort and support! The fundraiser embraces some important objectives of the Liverpool Mental Health Festival: it’s free to attend, inclusive, a great place to meet like-minded people and a platform for creativity. We’re delighted to collaborate with Launch 22 and we thank them and all the artists and musicians who’ve donated their work and time for free. We hope the event will attract a big audience and help us to get the city talking about mental health this October!’

The charity was set up in 1995 with the aim of improving mental health services in Liverpool, offering valuable opportunities for those who have experienced mental distress to develop a collective voice about their experiences, share opinions and insights in an informal and friendly atmosphere, and influence the planning, delivery and evaluation of mental health services. In April 2012, the Consortium was constituted as an independent company and registered charity.

The event aims to raise awareness of those currently dealing with, or who have experienced, mental distress in the Liverpool city region and beyond, as it is estimated one in three people experience mental distress in Liverpool in any one year.

Entry to the event is free and it’s ‘Bring Your Own Bottle’! Taking place Thursday 6thJuly 5pm-9pm on the top floor of the Tempest building on Tithebarn St, L2 2DT (to enter the building use press 61+Enter on the buzzer).