Duluth mental health organizations and musicians team up for a cause


DULUTH, MN – The pandemic has had an obvious impact on people’s lives, like canceled plans, financial challenges, and fear of the future.

A less visible impact is the toll COVID has made on mental health.

Duluth Bethel executive director Dennis Cummings said getting back to normal is easier for some than for others.

“As with typical recovering people, no matter how far you’ve come, the desire to come back and be a part of something special overwhelms you,” Cummings said.

Duluth Bethel wants people to know there is help available, so to spread the word they play a song.

“I’m a recovering person and I’ve been to places, and the transfer of feelings that happens with music and being around people is absolutely amazing,” Cummings said.

In partnership with DECC, Concert for Recovery features four local groups, food trucks and treatment information.

South of Superior band member Tom Berrigan said music and mental health go hand in hand.

“An opportunity like this is to help and hopefully let some musicians know if they’re having a hard time that they can go to places like Duluth Bethel and get the help they need.” , Berrigan said.

In two months, Harbor Drive behind the DECC will be transformed into a concert hall.

Event organizers hope more than 1,000 people will show up on September 25.

This concert for a cause also serves as a test run for the DECC.

DECC Executive Director Dan Hartman has said he hopes to close Harbor Drive permanently and make it an outdoor location.

“We’re happy to be a part of that too, to support something that a lot of people in Duluth believe in, and we’re excited to be a part of it and launch this new, even more excited space,” says Hartman.

The organizers want to make the concert an annual tradition, so that they can help those in need for years to come.

“This event is all about recognizing those in recovery, their families and their support system,” said Cummings. “This is what it really is.”

The concert for the recovery is September 25.

Doors open at 3 p.m. and groups will play from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Tickets cost $ 15.

All proceeds will go to addiction and mental health services.

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