Music artists join Studio Connect mental health support programme

BRIT award winning artist NAO, and acclaimed rapper/producer Jords have joined the Key Changes “Studio Connect” programme as music industry mentors. The Studio Connect programme is an online service designed to support the mental health needs of vulnerable Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups following the Covid-19 crisis. 

The programme has been developed with a specific focus on Black, Asian and minority ethnic men who are over-represented in the mental health patient population, and who have been disproportionately affected by the crisis. The programme will deliver therapeutic outcomes for approximately 100 individuals in 2020/21, particularly those who are vulnerable and living in care homes, hospitals and other high-risk settings.

Individuals will take part in weekly online creative collaboration sessions with the music industry mentors to co-create themes, lyrics and beats, with real-time studio production support. The approach is designed to harness the creative process of making music to develop conversations around mental health and provide an ideal setting for mentoring in mental health management skills, and early intervention/advocacy support.

Participants are also able to access social interaction and peer support though weekly online open mic events, and weekly online group workshops featuring guest speakers from across the music industry.

The programme will be independently evaluated by MIND and the Department of Health in late 2020.

For more information visit www.keychanges.org.uk.