Nov 30, 2023 - Things to Do

Benefit featuring Joy Oladokun raises money for mental health care

Joy Oladokun performs at Ryman Auditorium in 2021

Joy Oladokun at the Ryman in 2021. Photo: Erika Goldring/Getty Images

A new local nonprofit seeking to improve the mental health system for marginalized communities is hosting a benefit concert Friday featuring the celebrated singer-songwriter Joy Oladokun.

  • Country artist Fancy Hagood will also perform.

Why it matters: Funds raised through the benefit will go to Healing in the Margins, which works on two fronts to bolster mental health services for the LGBTQ+ community and for people of color.

  • The group established a therapy fund to connect people from those communities with care at no cost.
  • Another fund helps mental health professionals from those communities access advanced trauma training to ensure they can provide quality care to marginalized people.

What to know: The Healing in the Holidays benefit starts at 6:30pm on Friday at AB Hillsboro (formerly known as Anzie Blue). Tickets are still available.

What they're saying: Healing in the Margins executive director Ashley Hampton tells Axios that her organization believes "systemic change is needed in mental health and we are committed to making that happen."

  • "For too long, BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ folks have been left out of the conversation regarding access to mental health care."
  • "At Healing in the Margins we support community members seeking care, the clinicians who provide the therapy and [those] who want to better support their BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ community."
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