To mark Mental Health Awareness Week (9th – 15th May), the Anna Freud Centre is joining forces with DrumathonLIVE.

Now in its third year, DrumathonLIVE was created by UK musicians Errol Kennedy and Bev Sage in 2020. The event sees seven days of nonstop drumming from some of the world’s best musicians, all livestreamed to you at home to raise funds for some of the most impactful children’s charities in the UK.

In the lead up to the event, we are encouraging schools to use the following assembly packs which explore how children and young people can use music to support their mental health. The “Music for self-care” resources are suitable for both primary and secondary pupils and have been developed in collaboration with teachers and mental health professionals. The assembly resources aim to:

  • Explore the topic of loneliness, which is the theme of this year’s Mental Health Awareness week
  • Identify ways in which music can be used for self-care
  • Encourage pupils to think about how they can look after their mental health

Fundraising for us

This year you can also get involved in DrumathonLIVE by raising funds to support children and young people. Whether at home, at school, or at work there are plenty of ways you can channel your inner drummer and raise funds for children and young people. If you'd like to support but don't want to host an event, you can still donate directly through PayPal.

To find out more, visit the DrumathonLIVE website where you can register yourself or your school to take part in your own Drumathon.

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