For the past 12 years we have been working with 16 - 19 year olds, offering free courses to help young Londoners achieve their dreams of working in the music industry, and gain accredited qualifications in the process.
This year, we have seen firsthand the impact of the COVID-19 health pandemic and subsequent lockdowns on young people’s wellbeing. The pandemic has put a huge strain on many young people, having a negative impact on their mental health through loss of routine and social interaction, which are particularly important for developing teenagers. Some may have lost family members, and others will have not seen family due to social distancing.
As a result, we have decided to deliver our first ‘mental health and wellbeing’ accredited unit this year.
This module aims to deliver understanding of your mental, physical and emotional wellbeing, also known as the ‘mind, body and soul’. Students have an opportunity to develop skills in the areas of resilience, overcoming challenges and developing their passion and purpose.
One of the purposes of this project is that students research, develop and practise the benefits of music on our mental health throughout the academic year in order to encourage wellbeing as a lifelong practise.
Part of this process is for students to develop, and fundraise for, a series of workshops promoting wellbeing that will be delivered in April/May 2021.
Our students are looking forward to running workshops on, and exploring such therapies as:
Frequency music therapies
These workshops will allow students to promote various therapies using music as a tool to improve wellbeing to an audience of young people, and raise awareness about the connection between music, mental health and wellbeing.
To deliver high standard and efficient projects we want your support so we can acquire the equipment, materials, tools and instruments in order for the students to facilitate these workshops.
Meditation equipment such as cushions and incense
Canvas and painting materials
Decor to create a relaxing atmosphere
Healing / cleansing objects
This is an important time to support young people’s mental health by helping them develop lifelong wellbeing skills - we count on you to donate and help promote our campaign.
Soundskool students messages :
“I feel like it is important to talk about mental health as it is a topic which is overlooked.”
“During a long 9 months in lockdown it has not been easy for us, it has been life changing for all young adults particularly draining due to isolation. These changes have a serious impact on the mental health and wellbeing of young people. At SoundSkool we want to be able to supply our fellow students with a space where they can experience sound bathing and other experiences to improve their wellbeing”
“We want to get the fund to get the resources we need to deliver the best projects to help our fellow young people”
Check out this article for more information about the impact of lockdown of young people’s mental health:
A survey published by the Young Minds organisation investigating the mental health impact of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic shows that many young people with mental health problems are struggling to cope as they return to secondary school, after months of living through the COVID-19 crisis
The pandemic has put a huge strain on many young people who were already struggling with their mental health, because of traumatic experiences, social isolation, a loss of routine.
Read More here:
- Matthew Peters
- Julie Muhammad
- G Smith
- Melissa Cotterill
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