Pi­ano teacher or­ga­nizes mu­sic-filled char­ity gala

Richmond Hill Post - - NEWS -

On May 6, a group of men­tal health ex­perts and mu­si­cal per­form­ers, in­clud­ing pop singer Dan Hill, will gather at the Flato Markham Theatre in sup­port of those suf­fer­ing from men­tal ill­ness and their fam­i­lies.

The ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of High Notes Avante and Thorn­hill res­i­dent, In­grid Ta­heri, has been work­ing to erase the stigma of men­tal ill­ness since 2014, af­ter a men­tal health cri­sis in her fam­ily in­spired her to help oth­ers. Their an­nual High Notes gala bal­ances mu­si­cal per­for­mances with TED Talks–style men­tal health ad­vo­cates and psy­chol­o­gists.

This will be their third gala. Their first was at­tended by 160 and their sec­ond gala gar­nered 600 at­ten­dees.

“We’re not only preach­ing to those who are suf­fer­ing. We are also preach­ing to their fam­i­lies be­cause they have to un­der­stand that this is real, this is not just some­thing you can snap out of,” said Ta­heri.

Ta­heri works as a proof­reader and a pi­ano teacher by day. For her, a sense of pur­pose comes from the com­mu­nity around High Notes Avante.

“It’s about giv­ing hope and in­spir­ing peo­ple and about prov­ing that we have all been touched by it,” said Ta­heri. “We re­ally try to show that a lot of peo­ple do move for­ward af­ter men­tal ill­ness, so we want those sto­ries to be heard.”

In­grid Ta­heri

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