Mental health is a hot topic in the music industry.
With all the pressure of being in the spot light it can take its tole on your mental well being and an increasing number of artists are talking openly about their battles.
September is National Suicide Awareness Month and we are getting ready to host Viva La Fia for The Fia Not Campaign to prevent another life being taken by depression by giving those struggling a safe place to go in their hour of need. Viva La Fia is an all day music festival at Warehouse23 in Wakefield on the 6th of October. If you would like to come the ticket link is at the bottom of this post.
More and more high profile artists, such as Chester Bennington of Linkin Park, have lost their battles with depression; and with Demi Lovato’s recent attempt it just goes to show that poor mental health doesn’t discriminate.
This is why more support needs to be put into mental health services such as The Fia Not Campaign so that those who are struggling can get the support they need.
We’ve put together a list of 4 artists who support mental health charities. By purchasing their music or their merch you are helping fund research, provide support and in some cases the correct medication to make peoples life that bit easier.
Frankie Bridge from The Saturday’s is an Ambassador for Mind Mental Health Charity.
Frankie chose to support Mind after opening up about her experiences of anxiety, depression and panic attacks back in May 2012. Having initially dealt with these issues in silence, Frankie is keen to support us in making sure no one has to face a mental health problem alone.
Recently, she’s been a key player in helping to launch Mind’s partnership with Heads Together, as well as lending her support to Time to Talk Day and the Mind Media Awards, at which she has presented various special awards for the last couple of years.
Yard Wars are donating 50% of their album sale to The Fia Not Campaign
With Tim Metcalfe on yellin’, Harry Rhodes on Bass, Mike Ainsley (who will sadly not be joining them at Viva La Fia) on Drums, Dan Lancaster on guitar and Tom Scholey equally on guitar. Fia Theobald who our charity is in honour of was a big fan and quoted them in every interview she did.
You might know them from other bands (Imp, St Gregory Orange, Piskie Sits, etc), but Yard Wars represents all forces in union, workin’ toward some kinda 60s-infused power-pop psychedelic indie-rock eutopia. Think 60s girl groups, Nuggets compilations, Built to Spill. Or better yet, stop thinkin’ and start listenin’. They have an album, a split-EP and a Single to sell you, 50% of the profits from which will go to The Fia Not Campaign.
This might be their last gig, so if you haven’t got tickets i strongly recommend you click this link here and go get em!
Check out their socials too
We also did another blog on them here if you want to read that, Click here.
Melissa James supports SANE mental health charity.
Melissa James is a singer-songwriter who uses music to talk about mental health openly. In 2016, she released a charity single for SANE called Live Again. The song, which aims to tackle stigma, was recorded at RAK Studios, and involved both professional musicians and members of the public.
Melissa continues to work on her SING4SANE project and is an inspiration to anyone affected by mental illness.
Melissa says: “I have been suffering with depression and anxiety for years, but I didn’t know it. I didn’t think about it. I had this image of what it looks like, and it didn’t look like me so I didn’t see it in myself. I want to say, it’s OK to not be OK. It’s OK to not wear a smile all the time. We need to be able to feel like we can go to someone and say ‘no, I don’t feel good today.'”
You can still purchase Melissa’s charity single Live Again here.
VICTORS are headlining Viva La Fia.
These guys are getting preety big and they’re donating their time for free to help The Fia Not Campaign.
‘VICTORS’ is a four-piece pop/electronic band from Leeds/Wakefield consisting of Harry Waterhouse (Vocals/Guitar/Synth), Simon Appleson (Guitar/Synth), Dominic Brooks (Bass/Synth) and Matthew Gillen (Drums). The band officially debuted in 2016 with their first single ‘Tonight’ which has accumulated over 1.25 million streams on Spotify alone and has been featured all over the world.
Their combination of upbeat synth pop and ambient guitar tones is reminiscent of the 80’s era and it continues to evolve and mature with ever release. Their influences range from a variety of different artists such as Michael Jackson, Prince, Whitney Houston, Bon Iver, Phil Collins, Drake, Two Door Cinema Club, The Weekend, The xx, Frank Ocean and many more.
Check them on insta @victorsofficialuk
Buy tickets to see them play at warehouse23.co.uk/viva-la-fia
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And help support better mental health in your local community.
All profits go towards starting the community group The Fia Not Campaign which aim to set up a safe house for those struggling with their mental health. As an alternative to visiting A&E people can go there in their darkest times and talk through their problems with a professional. They will also offer an online chat and phone line service for those who cannot get to the center. Often people present at A&E and get sent away with a phone number and a print out; this is not good enough, we want to change the way mental health is treated and provide options to those considering suicide.