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Brooklyn bands Controller and Romans to perform at #IWILLLISTEN concert Oct. 20

Raising awareness of mental illness

October 17, 2014 By Mary Frost Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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Brooklyn bands Controller and Romans Are Alive are set to perform at a free concert on Monday, Oct. 20 at the Mercury Lounge in Manhattan to showcase the release of the #IWILLLISTEN album.

#IWILLLISTEN is an awareness campaign launched on Oct.10, World Mental Health Day, by the New York City Metro chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

On social media, supporters use the hashtag #IWILLLISTEN to encourage friends and family struggling with mental illness.

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High energy Controller contributes the song “Separator;” classic rock band Romans Are Alive performs “Cure for the Pain.”

Fans can download the album free on or download it for a donation of 99 cents a song on iTunes. (Apple keeps a third of the proceeds but the rest goes to the cause.)

NAMI says mental illness is the most stigmatized condition in our country, even though one in four Americans will experience a mental health disorder in any given year.

Music by other bands and artists including Sweet Lorraine, Boola featuring Jeni Fujita and Jenna Kyle are also featured on #IWILLLISTEN.

“Music is an extraordinary element to add to #IWILLLISTEN and an apt metaphor for the campaign,” Wendy Brennan, executive director of NAMI-NYC Metro said in a statement. The aim of the campaign is “to inspire individuals to make the pledge to listen, without judgment, and to connect to those impacted by mental illness.”

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