I'm really excited to announce the launch of the Endless Numbers EP.
Back in the depths of last winter I contributed some vocals to a collection of very powerful songs written by Rob Knowles (from Audio287) under the guise of Calling For Serenity - a project combining gothic rock, trance synths and rap with the aim of raising awareness of mental health issues. Not having done anything like this before, at the time I was sold on the message of the songs and mostly just having a lot of fun experimenting in what was a totally new genre for me. It was only later that I began to understand the extent of Rob's vision for the project and the number of people it would reach.
Mental health awareness is an issue really close to my heart, and the aim of Calling For Serenity is to encourage discussion and empathy for the silent suffering that is so widespread. I have first-hand experience of how mental and emotional health issues can make life unbearable, and can also attest to the difference it can make to get the right help and support, and how this can turn a life around. If you don't suffer from a mental health issue yourself, it's extremely likely someone you know does. There is still so much stigma around mental health and these experiences are difficult enough to describe as it is - and the isolation and difficulties of communicating how it feels to be unwell only make matters worse. Having just one person who listens openly to what you're going through can change a situation dramatically and even be life-saving. Creating a space and a culture where mental health can be discussed openly is vital, and something we can all contribute to.
The EP is being released on Monday 16 May and you can pre-order it now on iTunes for just £1.99!
There's also going to be a launch event in Richmond on Saturday 21 May - if you would like to come along or know someone who would, please get in touch via the Calling For Serenity website.
Please, please, please, check out the EP, find out more about the project, and share the links!