Music competition will promote the important messages of mental health

Wednesday, 19 September, 2018

Secondary school classes across East Hampshire are to put forward their best acts for a music talent competition which will be held in February.

The event, named Class Acts, will celebrate the incredible musical talent of the youngsters across the district and give them the opportunity to showcase their talent in front of their class-mates, other schools and their families.

Organised by East Hampshire District Council and Rocksteady Music School, the competition is due to take place on Thursday 7 February 2019. The event coincides with Time to Talk Day – a national campaign by charity Time to Change, designed to encourage people to be more open about mental health and reduce the stigma and discrimination associated with it.

Local charity Havant and East Hants MIND will be supporting the event that will not only be a music event for youngsters to enjoy but will also be a chance to address a very topical issue in mental health and will give the opportunity to promote those vital messages to young people about the importance of looking after their own and their friends’ mental health.

Every secondary school in the East Hampshire area has been contacted to nominate one act from their school to compete at the event in February.

The act can be of any genre, from a classical solo singer to a heavy metal band – the aim of the event is to showcase a variety of musical talent.

Schools can choose their act in any way they wish, they can hold heats or auditions, request submissions or just choose a well-known school performer.

Every school that submits an entry to the competition will receive an allocation of tickets for their fellow pupils to attend and cheer them on, there will be donation buckets upon entry to the event and all money raised will go to Havant and East Hants MIND.

Class Acts will be held at Old Thorns Hotel in Liphook and will feature a panel of judges who will be selecting winners in three different categories: Best Act, Best Performance and MIND Special Recognition Award – exciting prizes, which include a recording studio session, will be awarded to the winners.

Cllr Julie Butler, Deputy Leader of EHDC and Portfolio Holder for Welfare and Communities, said: “It’s fantastic that EHDC is putting this event on for the young people of East Hampshire.

“The event has the potential to be very special, the young people will not only have a great time but will also take some very important messages away with them regarding mental health.

“We know that there’s a vast array of musical talent across the schools of the district and we can’t wait to showcase it!”

Scott Monks, CEO of Rocksteady Music School, based in Liphook, said: “Music and wellbeing are intrinsically linked and Rocksteady is thrilled to be supporting EHDC in creating this opportunity for young people to play a live gig while also raising awareness of the importance of mental health.”

Maria Morrell, Director of Services for Havant and East Hants Mind, said: “Havant and East Hants Mind is committed to improving the wellbeing of young people in Havant and East Hampshire.

“All too often we see that young people do not feel they can talk about their mental health through fear of being bullied or judged. The fear of judgement stops healthy conversations and prevents young people accessing help and advice, and yet the reality is we ALL have mental health just as we have physical health.

“For young people now, there are significant social and personal pressures which can have an impact on their wellbeing. This is why HEH Mind is really excited to support EHDC’s ‘Class Acts’ event along with lots of key partners and most importantly the young musicians themselves to put mental health on the agenda in a creative way and also have a great time!”