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Music sessions that reduce hospital readmissions and support people experiencing mental ill-health

What we do

The Raw Sounds programme provides a safe, peer-led, creative space for young people and adults who are often marginalised and excluded due to their mental health. Raw Sounds supports them in accessing a high-quality music and media training programme. This provides a bridge between mental health services and the community, increasing participants’ wellbeing and emotional resilience and supporting the recovery of those for whom there is little support on discharge from hospital, which can lead to relapse and readmission.

Working initially within a hospital environment, participants progress into activities with professional musicians in a production house in Brixton in south London, an area with high levels of ethnic minorities and social deprivation. Facilities include professionally-equipped recording studios, rehearsal rooms and music, film, photography and digital media facilities.

To help the difficult transition from hospital, regular community events use poetry and music to open a dialogue and challenge local beliefs. Raw Sounds encourages self-expression through the creation of original music, development of musical skills at all levels, and caters to a spectrum of musical tastes and influences. Participants have gone on to gain recording contracts, study music and mentor other members.

One of our patients, who has been severely ill for four years, was able to get on the stage at a gig and rap. I wholly endorse the work of Raw Sounds.

Consultant psychiatrist


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