Supporting Mental Health with Thrash Therapy

Guitar, drums and loud vocals, all that to turn up the volume on mental health.

Thrash Therapy was operating between The Arches Venue and The Phoenix in Coventry on Saturday, November 25. The event organised by Anthony Knight, the vocalist of Ghetica and owner of The Underground Ascending, was aiming to stop the stigma of mental health illnesses and raise money for Coventry and Warwickshire Mind charity.

Due to Psychiatric Morbidity Survey there are around six million people in the UK struggling with anxiety and depression, but only around 25% of them are currently receiving treatment for their mental health problem. There’ still loads of labels around about having mental health issues, so we still hear the words like “mad” and “psycho” meaning there’s still that negative idea around what mental health is, says Debbie Wallace, psychological wellbeing practitioner at IAPT service. With charities such as Mind doing their best to break the stigma and encourage to open up about personal issues, mental health is still being treated as a taboo.

I’ve been through some mental health issues myself with relation to anxiety and depression sort of around a year ago. I’ve had some therapy sessions and speaking to family and friends I decided to post up about it, make it a public statement says Anthony Knight. I had such a fantastic reaction from a lot of people in the music scene and outside. People just opening up themselves, using it as their own platform to come out and say “me too”.

After a few chats with a few people it became apparent that we should do something about it. That’s how Knight came up with Thrash Therapy. The event brought together 15 different music acts in two venues as well as local mental-health-related charities. Coventry and Warwickshire Mind, Improving Access to Psychological Therapy services and It Takes Balls to Talk, campaign that encourages particularly men to talk about how they feel,  were present in The Arches Venue on the day handing out leaflets and informing about accessibility and services.

Thrash Therapy is a great proof that music and art make it easier to bring people together and help discuss important issues. Mental health deserves big attention and hopefully creative industries can contribute more and more to turning up volume on that matter.

Event included acts of such bands and artists as:

  • Armed for Apocalypse
  • Brixton Alley
  • Conjurer
  • Djinova
  • Eight Great Fears
  • Incinery
  • KiriKai
  • LongFallBoots
  • Pikiah
  • Rachael O’hara
  • Rustlung
  • Shot Deown Zed
  • Those Snakes
  • Tom Harris
  • Vengeful Atonement

Thrash Therapy has its twin event in The Dev, London on December 1st.

Listen to event report below:

 

If you struggle with any mental health problems or know someone who does don’t be afraid to talk to your friends and family or please contact any of below:

Coventry and Warwickshire Mind

Samaritans

SupportLine

Mental Health Matters

 

Natalia Kaluza

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