Manchester based art collective ”We Are Willow” are collaborating with Manchester Mind to raise awareness on men’s mental health issues.

Oct 10 will mark their release of ”A Different Light”, which aims to challenge and inspire the audience.

The creative output is determined on demonstrating how mental health affects everybody, directly and indirectly.

A Different Light, will consist of spoken word, four songs and four short films. The aim of which is to interact with the audience on the topic of men’s mental health.

Every two hours a man in the UK commits suicide equating to 84 men per week, making suicide the biggest killer of men under 45.

We Are Willows are collaborating with Manchester Mind to mark World Mental Health Day.

This body of work explores the topic of men’s mental health and the morality of the ‘man up’ attitude.

With a multitude of internationally acclaimed artists, this topic will be portrayed in a way that allows the audience to learn in an interactive format.

Simon Connor, Lecturer in Music Technology at Salford University was the key collaborator in this project. I caught up with him and asked him about what the project means to him:

Hopefully this project will not only raise awareness of men’s mental health, but also raise money for Mind Charity. All proceeds of this project will be going to a good cause.

Spoken word by: Jamal Gerald, Chris Thorpe, Jackie Hagan, Ben Mellor

Films by: Daniel Cheetham, Diego FernandezDave Thacker, Percy Dean

Remixes by: Truant, Ruiseart, Vas Deferens, Bopperson 

The Event will be taking place on Wed 10 Oct, to buy your ticket click here.





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