About 3,000 young people in grades 10 through 12 experienced the inspirational music and storytelling of the critically-acclaimed Robb Nash Project during a series of shows at the Capitol Centre in North Bay.
The shows on March 8 and 9 were made possible through a joint sponsorship between Nipissing First Nation and CMHA, Nipissing Regional. The sponsorship allowed the students from five different high schools from across the region to attend four shows.
“I can’t think of a better way to communicate messages of hope than through song,” said Jenny Leblond, Executive Director of CMHA Nipissing Branch. “The Robb Nash Project is breaking down the stigma of mental health by helping youth talk about serious issues, one musical note at a time.”
The Robb Nash Project band gives school presentations and concerts across Canada that encourage positive life choices in youth. The band’s music and storytelling help at-risk youth who struggle with depression, bullying, self-harm, addiction and suicide.
At 17, Robb was the victim of a serious auto accident. He was pronounced dead at the scene but his pulse miraculously returned. After a difficult recovery, and despite physical and emotional scars, Robb was left with a new outlook on life. He started a band as a way to leverage the power of music to influence and motivate young people.
“The messages shared by the Robb Nash Project of recognizing one’s strengths, finding hope, making meaning in one’s life and discovering a sense of purpose in life resonates with First Nations worldview” said Dr. Brenda M Restoule, Psychologist of Nipissing First Nation. “We have not only been able to engage the students with these remarkable concerts, but hopefully encourage positive change in their lives as a result.”