Sing4Sane takes off on a high note
AGROUP of singers raised the roof at Heathrow’s Terminal 2 to drum up awareness for mental health.
Led by singersongwriter Melissa James, from Kingston, who was joined by a group of back-up vocalists, Sing4Sane, the performance on February 27 helped highlight the problems of loneliness and isolation.
A number of songs were performed at the one hour big sing event, outside Caffe Nero, which also raised money for mental health charity SANE on Saturday.
Passengers and visitors in arrivals were also encouraged to join in the finale singing Live Again, a song written by Melissa and inspired by stories of mental health suffering.
The aim was to help spread the message of the difficulties people face in trying to reach-out to others for help.
The singer said: “The point of the Big Sing was to gather together a group – be they singers or not – who wanted to be involved in publicly performing a song in order to send out the message that anyone can suffer from mental health illness at any point in their lives and that the health of our minds affects us all.
“The issue around mental health is not as openly discussed as it should be because of the stigma.
“This Big Sing was my way of letting others know that – if you’re suffering, or are affected, in some way – you’re not alone. And it is OK to talk about it, just as you would if you talked about a physical illness.”
An estimated £40 was raised for SANE.
Live Again will be released in March and is a track on Melissa’s upcoming acoustic and live mini album, Stripped Back due to come out
n RUNWAY SUCCESS: Singer songwriter Melissa James (in orange) with other singers at Caffe Nero, Heathrow Airport, to raise awareness for mental health charity SANE
Photos by Lewis Darling
n CHARISMA: Melissa James leading the chorus at the Big Sing which was warmly received at Heathrow’s Terminal 2