Peace’s new song shines a light on mental health in a stark, accurate and honest way - and they’re using it to raise awareness of the lack of research into young people’s mental health.
Singer Harry Koissier explains: “'From Under Liquid Glass' is an honest, personal account of how I was feeling last year. Things in my life were rocky and I hit a low point;the song is a form of self-expression, which I found therapeutic. It helped to write my feelings down on paper.”
“The origin of the song is to do with the fear that if my peers and our fans got a glimpse of the fact that I wasn’t actually a swirling eruption of positivity and that I was in fact really struggling with my mental health, they would feel somehow like I was a fraud. I think that fear is representative of the pressures on young men to be strong and mentally sound. “
The track’s a collab with mental health charity MQ as part of their ‘It’s Time To Give A **** About Mental Illness In Young People’ campaign, which is encouraging the public to follow the example of celebs like Rag N Bone Man, Mel C and Greg James and create a swearing selfie to share online. Three children in an average classroom live with a mental illness. Until now a lack of research means too many grow up in the dark, without effective help and without hope. MQ are bringing together world-leading scientists to find answers and improve treatments.
“[What] MQ is doing…inspired me to face all my feelings head on and put all the imaginary criticism I was fearing I into a song,” says Koissier. “If people take comfort in the song that’s only a good thing, and if people can relate to it, that’s a good thing too, and to me is what music is about - and I hope it can help continue to raise awareness around mental health. Before now my approach has been to cover up and not talk about any sort of mental health issues, but I’m lucky in that I have songs to put my feelings into; this is the first time I’ve been this straight forward in a song and this honest."
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