SAN DIEGO and BOSTON, Oct. 28, 2020 — We are living in an unprecedented time, where everyone’s mental health is being put to the test. Today, the world renowned, Boston-based Me2/Orchestra, the world’s only known classical music organization created for individuals with mental illness and the people who support them, debuts a first-of-its-kind musical score capturing the feelings and sentiments of these unprecedented times. The orchestra’s members came together to share their personal experiences and stories – the challenges, successes, and how they have coped and persevered during the pandemic – to create a musical score that brings to life the emotional impact this year has had on so many people with the goal of inspiring others to share their stories of hope.
The virtual performance of the original score, titled Monumental Moments, is named after the online community platform and charitable initiative launched earlier in the month in partnership with Neurocrine Biosciences, and aims to foster a spirit of togetherness and provide support for people in the mental health community – along with those in the general public – who have experienced a heightened sense of anxiety and stress during this challenging year of social distancing and unrest. The performance will be conducted by award winning, Juilliard-trained Me2/Orchestra founder Ronald Braunstein. It will feature nearly 100 orchestra members aged 20 to 80 – 50% of whom have a confirmed mental illness – from across the country and the world, including: Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Oregon, Denmark, and Colombia.
Monumental Moments kicked off on October 7th during Mental Illness Awareness Week and right before World Mental Health Day – and encouraged everyone to share their “monumental moment” by publicly posting on social media how they are taking care of their mental health during these challenging times. Public posts on social media using the hashtag #MonumentalMoments will help support people living with mental health conditions, including those also living with an involuntary movement disorder called tardive dyskinesia. On behalf of posts shared, Neurocrine Biosciences will be making donations to mental health organizations as part of its commitment to support people living with mental illness.
People can visit the website, MonumentalMoments.com to learn more about how to get involved.
Contact: Neurocrine Biosciences
Navjot Rai (Media)
Caroline Whiddon, Executive Director and Co-Founder