RAISING AWARENESS

I’m using EML as a platform to raise awareness of mental health because I’m a big believer that music can have a profoundly positive impact on wellbeing and mental health.

In my own experience with anxiety and depression, I always find that listening to music can disrupt a negative thought pattern or state of mind. Going to a gig and sharing the live music experience with an act and an audience of like-minded people is also hugely helpful - like a form of emotional escapism.

There’s a growing body of evidence to support the anecdotal beliefs about music for wellbeing and I’ll be sharing content around the topic as it emerges.

Beyond EML, I believe musicians and the music industry are well placed to help raise awareness of mental health and change the stigma that is often associated with it.

When a young influential musician like Stormzy, for example, uses his voice to talk about his battles with depression, that can have a huge impact on a young generation of fans in a way that mental health charity or government work simply can’t, no matter how well-intentioned.

One of the reasons we booked Kojey Radical to play in Edinburgh in 2018 was because he is very outspoken about mental health - as well as being an amazing artist.


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Charity partner

SAMH, the Scottish Association for Mental Health is our partner. As EML develops, I’ll be sharing SAMH content and signposting to their resources. In future, I also hope to raise funds for SAMH through donating a percentage of ticket purchases to EML events and other activity.