Sing4Sane takes off on a high note

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

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

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n CHARISMA: Melissa James lead­ing the cho­rus at the Big Sing which was warmly re­ceived at Heathrow’s Ter­mi­nal 2

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