YMCA’s award-winning mental health campaign #IAMWHOLE today launched Music 4 Mental Health, a ground-breaking new initiative bringing together incredible individuals, influential communities and the most prolific names in British music, for an unforgettable fundraising concert at London’s renowned Roundhouse on 18 November 2018.
Music 4 Mental Health aims to use the power of music to help break down the stigma and normalise the conversations surrounding mental health, in addition to raising vital funds for projects targeting young people across the UK and Ireland.
Set to appear at the debut Music 4 Mental Health showcase is none other than chart-topping pop sensation Anne-Marie – 2018’s biggest-selling debut artist in the UK, as a well as Britain’s cheekiest chappy Olly Murs. More high profile artists taking part in the initiative will be announced over the coming weeks.
#IAMWHOLE founding ambassador Jordan Stephens will return to the cause to spearhead the debut Music 4 Mental Health fundraising concert as the evening’s MC, following the incredible success of #IAMWHOLE – the innovative campaign launched in 2016 and developed in partnership with the NHS and YMCA as a direct response to the mental health difficulties being experienced by children and young people.
Denise Hatton, Chief Executive, YMCA England & Wales said: “We’re delighted to be part of the Music 4 Mental Health initiative. We have seen first-hand how music can be an incredible source of inspiration and support for young people, it offers an outlet to express their emotions, bring people together and open up conversations.
“Through collaborating with these incredible artists, some of whom have had personal experience with mental health difficulties, we will be able to reach even more young people with our message and get a step closer to breaking down the stigma which stops so many young people speaking out and seeking support.”
Anne-Marie said: “It’s so important that we all speak up on mental health. The conversation and support around it is, thankfully, growing and this fundraiser will help grow that even more. I’m proud to be performing at the Music 4 Mental Health concert in November.”
Olly Murs said: “I’m delighted to be performing at the first Mental Health charity event this November alongside Anne Marie, raising money for three fantastic charities. It’s important for the music industry to raise more awareness of mental health issues, and we hope this gig will help towards that.”
A monumental collaboration project, Music 4 Mental Health is partnering with the UK and Ireland’s leading youth and mental health charities including YMCA, the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) and The Mix.
For more information about Music 4 Mental Health visit the #IAMWHOLE website .