Bermudian entertainer Janita Adderley is part of a charity initiative in the UK which is using music to raise awareness and funds for those suffering from mental health issues.
Singer Ms Adderley, a member of the Bermuda group The Loquats and the all-female band Stiletto 5, studied at York College and still spends time in that northern English city.
She is a member of York’s Music 4 Charity, founded by college friend and fellow performer Karl Banks to help support organisations dealing with mental health issues.
Hoping to raise more awareness of mental health through music
“The charities give fantastic support to their clients but the charities themselves are always looking for more help and that’s what we are hoping to achieve,” says Music 4 Charity’s mission statement.
“We want to raise as much as we possibly can through the sound of music, to help give the charities the tools that they need to help and support their clients effectively.”
Music 4 charity creates songs using a roster of local entertainers which touch on some issues facing people with mental health problems, while also working with support organisations to help remove the stigma surrounding the topic.
Describing her friend Mr. Banks as “amazing”, Ms Adderley told York Today television this week [Oct 16] that when “he contacted me in regards to doing something, whatever I could commit to, in the [charity] it was something that I just wanted to jump at …
“The main aim is to obviously [let] people know ‘You’re not alone, there’s a lot of people out there who do suffer with it, live with it, but also conquer it and carry on. It’s bringing a good message.:”
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