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Bedlam Cafe- Open Mic re: Mental Health

Bedlam was the nickname given to Bethlem Hospital in London for the mentally ill in the 17th century. Over time, the name became synonymous with uproar, pandemonium, commotion, mayhem, confusion, unrest and upheaval. It is a stigmatized word referring to those with mental illness. We hope to reclaim the word in acceptance and celebration of neurodiversity where the uproarious have a space to be heard and seen in sharp contrast to the original bedlam.

Alternating between informal round table discussions and an open mic format, participants will have an opportunity to share stories, spoken word, poetry and/or songs about their experiences with mental health within the healthcare system and otherwise. Everyone is welcome including those directly affected by mental health challenges, family members, concerned citizens and professionals working within social services and healthcare organizations.

Be prepared to move others and be moved by our shared humanity.

This event is free to attend but attendees are welcome to make donations at the event to help support this and future similar events in the Edmonton area.