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#BeAFriend – Breaking the Stigma Around Mental Health

A Yorkshire song writer has launched a campaign and a music single aimed at breaking the stigma surrounding mental health. #BeAFriend is the creation of Tom Knevitt, 24 (pictured below)  and the song was written with the aim to remind people check on their friends as a simple message can make the difference.

Tom works as a career’s advisor at York St John University, however in his spare time he’s an aspiring song writer and music producer. He had the idea to start the campaign after deciding that not enough is being done to combat male suicide. On average, 84 men a week in the UK take their own life.

I spoke to Tom and he said he hopes that the campaign will help to break the stigma around mental health.

“Mental health is one of those things that absolutely needs talking about. People need to realise that they’re not alone and that they have people around them”.

The response has been huge so far with a number of charities supporting the campaign as well as over 80 student unions across the country agreeing to back the campaign and play his song in their bars.

Lets have a look at some of the statistics surrounding mental health.

The simple message behind Tom’s song is to check on your friends regularly and make sure they’re aware that they are loved and supported. A very simple message that I’m sure most of us think we do day to day but you can never support your friends enough. The occasional kind word or phone call here and there could be the lifeline someone needs.

The Campaign Against `Living Miserably (CALM) offers support for anyone affected by anything mentioned in this article. There’s always someone to talk to.

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