Purple Wave Festival & Let Help In Concert

Date & Time

  • Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
Event Description: 
Purple Wave Festival is a free one day, celebratory event led by the DC Department of Behavioral Health during national recovery month to promote healthy lifestyles and the positive impact of mental health and substance use recovery. The purpose of this event is to let people know that recovery is possible and help is available for those impacted by mental illness and the opioid crisis in the District. The event is intended for anyone that has or is currently recovering from mental health disorders, substance abuse disorders, or homelessness, as well as everyone who supports recovery as a journey to a healthy lifestyle and wellness. The Festival has expanded it’s footprint and will now take place at 50 O Street, NE near the intersection of North Capitol and New York Ave. Attendees will be able to visit the new and improved Wellness Village, where they can receive necessary health information and access to services from more than 60 community and wellness vendors. Also, new this year, Purple Wave has teamed up with Let Help In to introduce the Let Help In Concert featuring national recording artists and other special guests! Other key partners include the Department of Human Services (DHS), Department of Environment and Energy (DOEE), Department of Disability Services (DDS), DC Fire & EMS (FEMS), Department of Human Resources (DCHR), DC Public Libraries (DCPL), Office of State Superintendent Of Education (OSSE) Youth Reengagement Center, Department of Employment Services (DOES), Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), SOMES, Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA), Howard University Students in Recovery, Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD), Greater Washington Urban League - Thursday Network and many more community organizations! Upon entering the Festival, each attendee receives a passport from which they will navigate activities and available resources supplied by corporate and community vendors categorized according to the 8 dimensions of wellness. Participants then receive a stamp representing each dimension of wellness they’ve visited, until all dimensions are engaged. After receiving stamps from each dimension of wellness, the participants will be eligible for rewards and special Accommodations. Let Help In - Unplugged Parade & Concert The Let Help In – Unplugged Concert hosted by Tony Lewis Jr., will provide an opportunity for entertainment artist to share their experiences and successes with recovery while encouraging others to "Let Help In". With the use of their artistic expression, artist will share their talent and speak to the audience about the importance of letting help in. This year’s concert is headlined by local go-go band E.U ft. Sugar Bear and R&B songstress Elle Varner, along with other local spoken word artists, dancers, and performers. Community Engagement Panel Discussion "Black Men and Mental Health; Dispelling the Stigma" Moderated by Tony Lewis Jr., the panel will include Lanada Williams, Dr. James Ballard, Gregory "Sugar Bear" Elliott, and Jonathan "JMONEY" Gibbs (mental health advocate). The topics of discussion will include mental health awareness, black males and mental health, entertainment and mental health, coping skills in dealing with mental health and substance use issues, and encouraging the audience to "Let Help In".
Type of Event: 
Rally and Walk/Run Events (Rally and Walk/Run Events - and recovery for mental and substance use disorders, celebrates people in recovery, lauds the contributions of treatment)
Educational Events (Educational Events - and recovery for mental and substance use disorders, celebrates people in recovery, lauds the contributions of treatment and service)
Special Celebrations (Special Celebrations - Celebrates people in recovery, lauds the contributions of treatment and service)
Is this event open to public?: 
Estimated Number of Attendees: 
Is this a virtual event (taking place online)?: 
Is this event in the United States?: 
50 O Street, NE
U.S. State: 
District of Columbia
United States
Zip/Postal Code: 
Hosting Organization Name: 
DC Department of Behavioral Health
Contact Name: 
Raphaelle Richardson
Supporting Materials
Last Updated: 09/11/2017