04 December 2017

A peer support worker from the Trust is involved in a bid to get mental wellbeing to the top of the charts.

I Feel Better When..was released on Friday 1 December and highlights the importance of positive thinking to improve mental wellbeing.

It’s part of a creative arts project called The Audio Yellow Book, which is a collection of uplifting music and poetry created by the public.

The 150-strong #rethinkyourmindChoir, which includes Luton peer support worker Millie Smith, provides harmonies for the single which was recorded at the world-famous Abbey Road studios.

It is co-written and performed by rethinkyourmind creator, Pete Hirst, alongside fellow members of the band, refuge, and vocals from Mark Morriss of The Bluetones and BBC Radio 2 award winner, Lucy Ward.

The single is available to download from iTunes and other online music stores, and all profits will go towards growing the reach of the project through The Yellow Book resources.

Yellow Book creator, Pete Hirst, said: “The release of the ‘I Feel Better When’ single is a dream come true and I’m so grateful to everyone who has supported us throughout this project.

“The aim of the single is to show how creative expression can help improve mental health.

You can listen to a preview of the single and watch the video on YouTube.

The Yellow Book is a collection of creative artworks and poetry from people, some with mental health challenges, from all over the UK.

The Yellow Book is a project which is run as a national competition, where people are invited to submit artworks and poetry to be featured in the book. The submissions are assessed by a prestigious panel of professional artists, photographers and poets.

Now with over 34,000 copies in circulation, the book provides a toolkit for keeping well through mindful practice and uplifting ideas. It is endorsed by NHS England, the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the Institute of Psychiatry.

The Audio Yellow Book aims to reach a wider audience, with music, poetry, and wellbeing practices to download – including the I Feel Better When single.