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BEYOND THE STARS: Bushey resident brings together West End performers in aid of mental health

 Published on: 14th June 2022   |   By: Holly Bullen   |   Category: Uncategorized

A 22 year old from Bushey is bringing together stars from across the West End to shine a spotlight on the UK’s youth mental health crisis.

On June 20, performers from several West End musicals will come together at The Other Palace theatre to perform songs that have seen them through dark times.

The show, titled Beyond the Stars, was produced by Brady Isaacs Pearce, a member of the youth board of Beyond, a charity which exists to improve the mental health and wellbeing of young people in the UK.

Brady joined the board of the charity in 2020 to share her voice and share her mental health challenges which began when she was 11 years old.

Speaking to PINNERNEWS, Brady said: “As a member of the Beyond Youth Board, putting on an event that merges The Arts and giving back to the charity that saved my life seems like a no-brainer.

“This concert has been a pinnacle point in my journey and is something that feels worth recovering for.

“The mental health of young people was at a crisis before the pandemic, and since then Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service referrals have increased by 134 per cent.

“This concert will provide emergency support to the young people on these waitlists who are still expected to go to school in extreme distress.

“Without a doubt, had mental health support been accessible to me as a young person, the two years of debilitating illness that I experienced could have been avoided.”

Jonny Benjamin MBE, founder and chair of Beyond, said: “This event will make a huge difference to us at Beyond-both in terms of awareness as well as fundraising. The funds raised will help to bring emergency mental health support right to the front line, in schools.

“Everyone at Beyond is immensely proud of what Brady has achieved in putting it together.

“She is the very essence of why I created the charity in 2018. We want young people to feel empowered to speak up and make a change in mental health. It’s an area which for too long has been in the dark. However, the next generation are leading the way in getting rid of the shame and stigma surround it.”

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