When singer Ashley Miers appears at American Film Institute this Saturday, April 10, she will be seeking help for a cause as well as acclaim.
Ashley has chosen Mental Health America as a cause she is supporting through a unique, new program called “Share the Mic.” It connects musicians with charities and provides a vehicle for the artist and the cause to share the same stage and raise awareness and funds.
In her youth, Ashley was exposed to drugs and alcohol and began her struggle with serious anxiety and depression. She has experienced the unfortunate consequences experienced by many of those with untreated or under-treated mental health and substance use disorders including jail and hospitalization. Despite this, and perhaps largely because of it, she has dedicated herself to recovery and has strived to achieve her dreams. Her perseverance has enabled her to earn her college degree and record/release a 3-song EP and full-length album of her original music.
In her own words:
“My life experiences have taught me first-hand what it is like to deal with tough issues, and I’ve also learned that there is a lot of stigma, misunderstanding and just plain ignorance about mental health and all it entails. I want to endorse Mental Health America because I recognize that being mentally healthy can allow a person to achieve so much fulfillment in all areas of life – work, relationships, self-esteem and so much more. I want to use my music – which has helped pull me through some very tough times – to help others make it through their struggles and know they are not alone.”
“We are proud to share the stage with Ashley,” said David Shern, Ph.D., president and CEO of Mental Health America. “She recognizes the importance of mental health and its positive impact on every person’s total wellness. And we applaud her for making a difference.”
WHAT: Ashley Miers Music Video Screening, Contest and Benefit for Charity
WHERE: American Film Institute, Los Angeles, CA
WHEN: Saturday, April 10th, 2010; 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
DETAILS: Ashley Miers makes an innovative move to create not only a stellar 11-song album, AFTERSHOCK, but has invited 11 lucky directors (one for each song on the album) to have free reign to create an original music video including everything from concept to production.
The videos will be screened in the Goodson Screening Room at AFI in Los Angeles, at 8pm on Saturday April 10th, voted on by the audience, and the top 3 directors will be awarded cash prizes. Selected videos will be featured at parties in Denver and Lincoln, and will also be used to promote Ashley's music online.
Mental Health America is the country's leading nonprofit dedicated to helping all people live mentally healthier lives. With our century of service to America and our more than 300 affiliates nationwide, we represent a national movement that promotes mental wellness for the health and well-being of the nation - everyday and in times of crisis.
Please visit www.mentalhealthamerica.net to learn more.