The second annual Peace In The Park is returning to Airdrie this weekend.

The event will take place September 23, at Nose Creek Park from 12-9 p.m.

Peace In The Park is hosted by the Airdrie-based non-profit, The Thumbs Up Foundation. the foundation’s purpose is to improve access to mental health care. Their vision is to establish and connect resources for those patients suffering in all areas of mental health. They want to help improve knowledge around mental health; help to create awareness of the need for systemic change(s) to the current access to care, and educate on the devastating loss that can result from these deficiencies.

Steve Gilliss, the Event Coordinator hopes to see plenty of Airdronians come out to the event.

"Peace In The Park is basically a celebration of mental health, and this year, it's mental health resiliency."

Gilliss explained the celebration is really through community and music.

"We have a number of local artists, musicians, and different groups within the community who are ready to perform and be part of that day celebrating Mental Health Resiliency Month, which is something we're advocating for September."

The headliner for the event is an up-and-coming artist out of Nashville, Leah Marlene. She is well known for her time on American Idol.

"She has a story to tell of her own about mental health and mental health resiliency. We're pretty excited, we're trying to do things a little differently because there are so many events. But this is a different take on it."

The City of Airdrie has proclaimed September as Mental Resiliency Month.

The event will have plenty of food trucks, a 50/50 draw, and several booths about local groups that people can learn about.

"We had about 3,000 to 4,000 people come out last year, we're hoping for more this year."

Of course, the event is free, while they are trying to raise funds for the Thumbs Up Foundation.

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