Tomorrow, on Friday 31st May, an array of young and talented creatives will come together for An Evening Of Performances and an industry-led panel discussion on Mental Health, in aid of PAPYRUS, the National Charity which helps prevent suicide among young people.
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According to PAPYRUS, suicide is the biggest killer of young people – male and female – aged under 35 in the UK. Every year thousands of young individuals attempt or contemplate suicide, harm themselves or suffer alone, afraid to speak openly about how they are feeling.
Tomorrow’s panel will consist of seven under-35 industry experts all from various creative fields, who will discuss the stigma around depression and suicide amongst young adults, with the aim to raise awareness of Mental Health.
Hosting the panel will be Creative Entrepreneur Am Golhar who graduated from the prestigious Art School Central Saint Martin’s in London who has been in the creative industry for over ten years, understanding and seeing the stigma of Mental Health, as well as sharing her own adversity in the industry.
One of the Panel Speakers who is Artist, Singer and Songwriter Grace Rhodes will share her personal experience and challenges, being very close to someone struggling with Mental Health, alongside fellow Gospel Singer and Poet Destiny Blake who will share the story of how poetry saved her at the age of 14 whilst she was dealing with puberty and peer pressure.
Sunjay Kohli, Digital & Marketing At Warner Music Group, will discuss Mental Health in the Music Industry and the pressure of competition, whilst Mental Health Ambassador Luke Haley will talk about the ways in which Mental Health could be improved.
Dancer, Teacher and Choreographer Harkiraan Virdee will share her experience with Mental Health within teaching and performing, and with Blogger and BBC Radio London Presenter Claira Hermet talking about her experiences with death, grief and mental health, having lost her mother and sister who died of breast cancer and struggling with the illness herself in 2015 and overcoming this.
PAPYRUS was founded in 1997 by a mother, Jean Kerr, from Lancashire following the loss of her son to suicide. The Charity has also been a long-standing member of the government advisory groups in England and Wales on suicide prevention matters.
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About An Evening Of Performance
An Evening Of Performance is a Charity Music Gig in Aid of PAPYRUS, the National Charity which helps raise awareness to prevent young suicide. The evening consists of live music performances ranging from musical theatre and music industry professional performers and an interview discussion with industry guests.
PAPYRUS is the national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide. It was founded in 1997 by a mother, Jean Kerr, from Lancashire following the loss of her son to suicide. PAPYRUS was initially set up as the Parents’ Association for the Prevention of Young Suicide, hence the name PAPYRUS. Since 1997, PAPYRUS has continued to listen to and learn from the experiences of those personally touched by young suicide. Today, PAPYRUS works in many ways to prevent young suicide.
PAPYRUS has been a long-standing member of the government advisory groups in England and Wales on suicide prevention matters. We are active members of the National Suicide Prevention Strategy Advisory Group in England and of the National Advisory Group on Suicide Prevention and Self-harm reduction in Wales. Other national bodies that we contribute to are the National Suicide Prevention Alliance and the National Police Suicide Prevention Strategy Advisory Group.