Students and familiar faces around St Helens have created a music video to reduce the stigma of mental health.
Past and present students from the Tuition Service, based in the Beacon Building on College Street, have recreated the video of the 1985 hit Cry by Godley and Crème. The video is filmed in black and white and sees various people singing the words of the song emotively.
The song is performed by past student Olivia Parr and the video features students and staff from the Beacon Building; council staff; the Mayor and Mayoress of St Helens Councillor, Joe Pearson and his wife Sylvia; former Man of Steel and Saints player Paul Wellens; Mike Lindley (aka Ralph’s Life) – and poet Lynn Gerrard.
Rob Vaughan, Teacher in Charge at the Beacon said: “The students have worked so hard to make this video. They themselves have experienced mental health challenges so to be part of the video was a huge achievement for them and I’m very proud.
“I would also like to thank everybody else who has been involved in the video and supporting us to create it. The video is about celebrating the good work we do here at the Beacon to support young people who have struggled in mainstream education to thrive.
“We want to share the message that it’s okay to show and share your feelings, emotions and struggles and we would love everybody in St Helens to share this far and wide.”
The video has been created as part of a wider emotionally healthy schools project that the Tuition Service has taken part in alongside St Helens Public Health and has included several other activities such as an art exhibition and poetry with Lynn Gerrard.
Look out for the video which will be launched at the St Helens Thriving Schools Learning Event at the end of May and shared widely across St Helens social media channels.