BRITs Chairman and Sony Music UK Chairman and CEO Jason Iley said:
“I am delighted that we can use the BRIT Awards platform to publicly support and fundraise for mental wellbeing. The difference that these charities make towards people lives is immeasurable and addressing this subject within schools is vital to a progressive and optimistic future.”
George Ezra said:
“I think it’s brilliant that Mind are working with secondary schools to help raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing. Your school years are such an important time and having an understanding of mental health and knowing what support is available can make a real difference. I’m really pleased that the BRIT Awards have chosen Mind to roll out this important project reaching thousands of people.”
The event today was hosted by The BRIT School’s Principal, Stuart Worden, who was joined by Mind CEO Paul Farmer and Matt Thomas from Music Support.
£200,000 of the pledged total will go to Mind as part of a brand new partnership with The BRITs to support the pilot of Mind's Whole School Approach to mental health. The pilot will launch this September in a range of secondary schools across England and Wales – including The BRIT School. The scheme will see support for the mental health of everyone involved in school life: pupils, the entire school workforce and parents.
The approach will include a self-assessment tool for schools, tailored assemblies and workshops, 1-2-1 sessions for young people in need of more intensive support, and information and training for teachers, the wider school workforce and parents.
In addition to being one of the first schools to pilot Mind’s Whole School Approach to mental health, The BRIT School has been awarded £25,000 to support dedicated mental health wellbeing and special needs work. The school has already shown a huge commitment to mental health through its own bespoke ‘Blue Skies’ programme, which will continue to serve students and staff alike to focus on promoting mental health wellbeing. This amount is in addition to the other BRIT Trust grants the school regularly receives.
A further £25,000 will go to Music Support - the new music industry addictions and mental health charity established by industry veterans Matt Thomas and Andy Franks, which has Robbie Williams as its patron.