One in every four Americans will suffer from mental illness in any given year, according to a study from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Considering how many of those 25 percent are college students, it’s clear how the issue can affect many UNC Charlotte students.
Cameron Shelton was one such student, whose mental illness led to his death a few months before he was set to graduate from UNC Charlotte last year.
Since Cameron’s death in June of 2012, his sister, Allison Georger, arranged “Jam for Cam” with the help of her friend, and artist, Sarah Clanton Schaffer. Now, the event is coming up on its second run and will continue to raise awareness of mental health issues and help mental illness sufferers and their families.
Taking place at The Saloon at the NC Music Factory, two acts will perform to benefit the UNC Charlotte chapter of NAMI. Sarah Schaffer & The Clanton Road will headline, and Annabelle’s Curse will also be featured.
“I would encourage students to come out because it affects so many people but we’re not always aware of how much it’s going on,” Schaffer says. “It gets overlooked, and unfortunate events can occur. But people knowing about the variety of support there is, for students dealing with something and they’re not sure what to do, this is a cool opportunity to raise awareness of resources.”
Jam for Cam takes place 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. on September 7. The suggested donation is $5.