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15 June 2021

Loneliness Week Video Raises Awareness of Shout 85258 and Youth Mental Health Support

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We are delighted to share a powerful new music video, which has been released in support of Shout 85258, Papyrus and The Prince's Trust.

Titled ‘Feel So Alone’, the production is a collaboration between award-winning musician Rekesh Chauhan and the Randal Charitable Foundation, and features the vocals of MOBO-nominated artist Ayanna Witter-Johnson, with the film directed by a BAFTA crew starring choreographer and dancer Oliver Robert Russell.

The video has been created to help raise awareness of youth isolation and mental health issues for Loneliness Awareness Week 2021 (June 14th to 18th).

View the video here:

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It aims to encourage young people experiencing mental health difficulties to seek help, at a time when feelings of isolation, loneliness and anxiety have been amplified by the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns.

Dr Nik Kotecha OBE, Chairman of the Randal Charitable Foundation, which aims to directly save lives and significantly improve people’s quality of life, said: “We are delighted to be able to partner with Rekesh Chauhan to create this video, which so many people who feel alone, depressed and anxious will be able to relate to. We hope it will play a key role in publicising the challenge as well as the wide-range of help and support available.”

Research from the Office for National Statistics shows that loneliness levels were higher in young people who are unemployed, full time students and single parents in each wave of a survey, which has tracked the mental health of the nation since March 2020.

Rekesh Chauhan added: “It is important for me to continue the conversation on mental health. Arts is a powerful medium, which we can all resonate with. As an artist I want to use my music to end stigma and help people find the critical support they require, needed now more than ever”.

Text SHOUT to 85258 for free and confidential support.