Rhythmix - Staff

The issue


One in ten young people aged five to sixteen have a diagnosed mental health problem. This is more than 850,000 children and young people in the UK.

Mental health problems is an umbrella term including types of depression, anxiety, suicide and self harm, eating and body image problems, types of personality disorder, mania and bipolar, psychosis, hearing voices and schizophrenia, dissociative disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, phobias and post-traumatic stress.

Mental health problems in childhood and adolescence are common, and they sadly cast a long shadow over our lives. They affect not only our mental and physical health as adults but also our chances of gaining a good education and future employment, of forming positive relationships and of becoming active and engaged citizens. /p>

Lack of skills, employment, education and opportunities are all closely related to mental illness prevalence. By giving young people involved in mental health treatment the opportunity to self-direct their own musical outputs, with the encouragement and facilitation of a Rhythmix tutor, the music making sessions can be a real catalyst to enable young people to fulfil their full potential in the future or enrich their recovery.

Sadly, mental health services and funding in England are becoming increasingly under pressure and funding is being stretched, meaning not everyone who needs help is receiving it.