Manchester based singer-songwriter, Lily-Jo, has used her music platform to launch a brilliant new project to help those struggling with mental health issues.
In addition to releasing music and performing around the country, Lily-Jo is a qualified counsellor with over five years of experience working with clients on a one to one basis in GP surgeries and in private practice. She is passionate about encouraging and empowering people to do something proactive about the state of their mental health so launched a self-help website resource in February called ‘The Lily-Jo Project’. The site provides information, videos, podcasts, and signposting for anyone from across the globe who is suffering from mental health issues; helping people, help themselves.
Alongside the website launch, Lily-Jo released her new single ‘Bring Me Back’ taken off her debut EP ‘Need to Know’ released on record label LIGHT Music in June 2015. ‘Bring Me Back’ is inspired by some of the clients she has worked with.
Lily Jo says, “I am so excited to be able to marry my two passions; music and counselling. I had no idea when I started writing the EP that it would have such a positive impact on audiences from around the UK and Europe. Followers began to comment across my social media on the positive impact in which my music was having on their lives. The counselling work that I was doing was being reflected in the music I was writing. The response has blown me away and this is what has inspired me to undertake this project.
1 in 3 of us are susceptible to spells of depression, anxiety, and many other issues. It’s not something that we should be shying away from, I want to speak out on this subject in order to bring it into the light.”
Lily-Jo’s aim is to let people know that they are not on their own and that there are steps they can take at home to help themselves. The site will include lots of practical advice and tips, as well as interviews from people who have overcome their issues and how they achieved it. The Lily-Jo Project website has loads of practical information on common mental health issues including Low Mood, Anxiety, Self-Harm, Eating Disorders, Childhood Trauma, and Loss.
Go check out the Lily-Jo Project website here The Lily-Jo Project
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