Video: Mayfield music group tackle mental health through song

Video: Mayfield music group tackle mental health through song
Aaron O'Regan from Music Mash Up performing at the launch of their single ‘Shine Bright Like a Star’ at Blackpool Shopping Centre, promoting a message of positive mental health. Picture Clare Keogh

A troupe of incredible young Mayfield people are aiming to tackle mental health issues with the power of song.

Music Mash Up, a community music programme based in Mayfield, has released a new single called Shine Bright Like a Star.

Written by Music Mash Up Teens, the song takes on mental health and the subjects of depression, fear and loneliness.

Told from the perspective of a suffering person, another friend tells them that it’s okay and to reach out for help.

Deputy Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr. Fergal Dennehy has a session with John O'Flynn, Aaron O'Regan, and Tricia Sexton from Music Mash Up. Picture Clare Keogh 
Deputy Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr. Fergal Dennehy has a session with John O'Flynn, Aaron O'Regan, and Tricia Sexton from Music Mash Up. Picture Clare Keogh 

The song, subject, production, video and PR have all been made and consulted on by the Music Mash Up programme students with the help of the course tutors.

They chose to write this song to promote the idea of hope in a hopeless time, and by showing the dark and light sides of mental health, gives a more truthful and honest account of these issues and their effects.

The Mayfield group provides access for young local people of all abilities to music in a fun, relaxed and inclusive way.

Started five years ago with just 20 students, it has grown to include over 280 students now from completely different backgrounds and abilities.

“Anyone is welcome, and nobody is judged. It’s a place where people can get together and be themselves. We encourage opinions and participation, we even get to help shape the programme and decide what we’d like to do," said a student.

"It helps build confidence, responsibility and you get to make loads of different friends and perform music to audiences. We are really proud of our song, and we have more on the way!” 

Laura Ahern and Sadhbh O'Callaghan from Music Mash Up performing at the launch of their single ‘Shine Bright Like a Star’. Picture Clare Keogh 
Laura Ahern and Sadhbh O'Callaghan from Music Mash Up performing at the launch of their single ‘Shine Bright Like a Star’. Picture Clare Keogh 

The single is available in hard copy from St. Joseph's youth centre Old Youghal Rd., Cope Foundation Main office and online at iTunes. All proceeds go to COPE foundation and the continuing development of Music Mash Up.

Music Mash Up is run in partnership with Cope Foundation, Music Generation Cork City, the three Foróige Projects in Mayfield, Lotamore and St. Joseph's and the Voices of Cork.

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