While clothes and nice trainers are always of high importance to Proper and its readers, there are actually more important things that often don’t get spoken about enough.
Despite the press, the push, the campaigns and everything else, Mental Health isn’t half spoken about enough. But now, following a three-year long research project, The Mind Map are here to change that.
Launching today, the new music-led mental health organisation focuses on providing young people suffering with mental health problems support and guidance.
Launched by Liverpool-based Phil Bridges (a Youth Mental Health First Aid instructor and Adolescent Mental Health university lecturer), The Mind Map targets those aged between 16 – 30 and aims to offer access to subsidised counselling and the ability to find and book free mental health services and resources in their local area.
They also aim to give access to The Mind Map Magazine that shares articles and interviews with well-known music artists like The Blossoms and Sleaford Mods, as well as sports stars, regarding mental health.
The result of a three-year research project carried out between The Mind Map and leading organisations with Mental Health at the centre of their agenda, contributors include the likes of Liverpool John Moores University, Imperial College London and the NHS amongst others.
In addition to interviewing over 100 musicians about how they stay mentally well, The Mind Map have also been busy training Mental Health First Aiders at music venues across the country, including staff at the 100 Club and Independent Venue Week.
Browsing their immersive magazine section leads you to international musicians and Premier League footballers talking about everything from anxiety to grief and how they have dealt with their respective life challenges and mental health issues. This creates dialogue, reduces stigma and helps put Mental Health front-and-centre as an important issue to the young adults of the UK and their welfare.