New ball coming to Cambridge this Michaelmas

The event, which is to promote support for mental health issues, has been endorsed by Richard Curtis

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Having May Week blues?

You won’t need to wait long for your next dose of drunken hedonism – a new ball will make its debut in Cambridge next term. Conscious: The Oxbridge Mental Health Charity Ball will take place in Week 6 of Michaelmas.

It’s being put on to raise awareness of the various issues surrounding mental health, and to deconstruct the stigma associated with them.

The money raised will go towards national charities, including Mind and Rethink, as well as smaller local charities.

It’s already been endorsed by Oxford alumni and Comic Relief co-founder, Richard Curtis, who also has written films such ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’, ‘Bridget Jones’ Diary’ and ‘Notting Hill.’

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In a video on Conscious’s Facebook page, he stated that “fighting the issue of mental health is so important” and what better way to “change people’s lives” than “going to a ball and having a fantastic time.”

Keir Murison, former president of Student Minds Cambridge, also commented that “this new initiative is a great way to combine tradition with raising money and awareness for mental health. It’s going to be an amazing night and hopefully the start of something special.”

Tickets will go on sale early next term.