Wednesday 25th September / 2.30-4.30pm

UK-Wide 4-Date Tour to Smash Their Own Guinness World Record for the World’s Biggest Mental Health Lesson in a 3000 Capacity Arena

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Tour dates:

  • 25th SeptemberHackney Empire, London
  • 9th OctoberMotorpoint Arena, Cardiff
  • 6th NovemberSEC Centre, Glasgow
  • 22nd NovemberNEC, Birmingham

King’s College London’s Professor Dame Til Wykes to deliver lessons within high-energy 1.5 hour shows featuring poet and mental health activist Hussain Manawer, TEDx speaker and rap artist Jamala Osman + more top secret guests tba

Partners are Prospects Events, WorldSkills UK, King’s College London, with sponsor support from City & Guilds Group and Nationwide Building Society

Previous supporters include: Gary Lineker, Maya Jama, Ben Shephard, Najwa Zebian and Hamza

1 in 8 young people aged 5–19 in the UK experience mental ill health, of whom 65% get no professional help; 75% of adult mental health problems are established by age 24

Shows will be streamed on social media to reach young people across the UK and beyond.

In 2017 mental health activist Hussain Manawer teamed up with Professor Dame Til Wykes from King’s College London to set a Guinness World Record for the world’s largest mental health lesson, bringing together over 500 young people in Hackney Empire. On 25th September, the team returns to the East London theatre to launch The Million Minds Tour – setting in motion a four-date tour of iconic venues in London, Cardiff and Glasgow, which culminates in an attempt to smash their own world record, as 2000 14–18 year olds descend on the WorldSkills UK LIVE event at The NEC, Birmingham.

Hackney Empire, WorldSkills UK and Prospects Events have partnered with King’s College London to produce a tour that’s the first of its kind in the UK. Lessons are designed and delivered by Professor Dame Til Wykes, from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King's College London, who said:

“Engaging young people with mental health could not be more important. By involving so many young people in a Guinness World Record attempt we will empower and educate the participants to manage their own mental health as well as support those people around them. Stigma is the main barrier that prevents people from seeking help early and we know that 75% of adult mental health problems emerge before the age of 24. If we intervene early, we have the opportunity to change young people’s lives, so it is fantastic to work with influencers, musicians and artists to reduce stigma and raise awareness.”

The 60-90 minute high-energy shows will be spearheaded by spoken word artist and mental health campaigner Hussain Manawer, TEDx speaker and rap artist Jamala Osman, plus more of the UK’s best musical talent.

The Million Minds Tour aims to encourage young people to seek help for their mental health problems by sharing a positive message and giving them practical tools to help themselves, their friends and their families; breaking down the taboos that often exist around discussing the topic. The sessions will help support these young people who lead increasingly complex and challenging lives, offering tips on how to build their resilience and mental health both in school and as they move into the world of work.

With the support of media and influencers, the sessions aim to reach as many young minds as possible to remove the stigma of mental health, encourage a positive dialogue, educate young people and build communities of young people who can support each other. As part of this the shows will be streamed across social media and key video content shared via partners and influencers. The long-term aim is to reach one million young minds.

The events have been made possible thanks to sponsors Nationwide Building Society and City & Guilds Group.

Laura Tough, Nationwide’s Head of Member Vulnerability, Access and Inclusion, comments: “One of the many challenges facing society today is around mental health.  As a building society owned by our members we have a vested interest in supporting people and communities. That is why we are delighted to support the Million Minds Tour and record attempt as it is a great opportunity to deliver guidance to thousands of young people across the country and help to build mental health awareness amongst future generations.

There is a clear connection between mental health and the ability to keep on top of our finances. It was for this reason we set up a Specialist Support Service that helps vulnerable customers manage money matters. That support also extends to our employees as well through initiatives such as rolling out training for managers to help them spot the signs of mental health issues, having a team of people to offer expert support and advice and providing the opportunity for employees to share their own personal stories and experiences with others within the Society to raise awareness of the rising challenge of mental health.”

Lauren Roberts, Youth Engagement, City & Guilds Group said: City & Guilds Group has been supporting young people to develop for 140 years and we know how critical mental health is to them, especially in the current climate. For us, being a part of the Million Minds Tour and record attempt is about bringing as many young people as possible together to break down barriers. We want to help them learn more about their own mental health and that of others, as well gaining a better understanding of the importance good wellbeing has when entering the world of work”.

 

For more info contact Break Communications

louise@break-comms.com / 07968 429301

stephen@break-comms.com / 07779 666725

 

For interviews with Professor Dame Til Wykes contact King’s College London

robin.bisson@kcl.ac.uk / 020 7848 5377 / 07718 697176