Songs To End Mental Health Stigma

by Ensemble - End Mental Health Stigma

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Ensemble is a project funded by See Me Scotland and supported by Loretto Care. The aim is to end mental health stigma. In 2016 musicians worked with people with lived experience of mental health and the stigma that surrounds it to write original songs. These songs have been performed at a series of concerts to challenge audiences attitudes to mental health and start conversations.

This EP is a chance to share just a few songs with you in the hope of starting more conversations.

1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem. 9 in 10 people with a mental health problem experience stigma and discrimination.

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released January 25, 2017

Recorded by
Ross Clark, Donna Maciocia, Steev Livingstone, Siobhan Wilson

Produced by
Andy Monaghan (Frightened Rabbit)

Mastered by
Steven Ward

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Track Name: How Am Ur
Am bothering no one, you’re bothering me,
The people are shouting across the street
They’re sending their letters,
when they come through the door,
I’ll be reading their lies out as they stamp on the floor

The upstairs neighbours are giving me grief,
All I wanna do is get away
Give me some relief,
I’ve been trying for ages
to move away from this stress
When the pigs fill the stairwells I’m surrounded by mess.

Found a new place to call my home
How am ur, how am ur, don’t ask me how am ur
How am ur, how am ur, don’t ask me how am ur

Now I open my new door, friendly faces to see
There's a good guy downstairs, being nice to me
Get out in the garden, get the sun on my arms
I’m where I wanna be now, free from alarm

Found a new place to call my home
How am ur, how am ur, don’t ask me how am ur
How am ur, how am ur, don’t ask me how am ur
Left behind all the negative moaners,
How am ur, how am ur, don’t ask me how am ur
How am ur, how am ur, don’t ask me how am ur
Track Name: Normal
Every day is like a set of dominos
One falls down they all fall down

Every day feels like a roller coaster
I always struggle
Up and down, Up and down

But I’m getting there
Knowing there
are more people like me
because I just want peace and normal
If there’s such a thing as normal

Bless the doctor
Who helps me who speaks to me
like I’m normal

I’m getting there
Knowing there
are more people like me
because I just want peace and normal
If there’s such a thing as normal

Maybe it’s me.
Track Name: Silence
You can’t stand to be in your own skin
What’s worse, when you can’t escape within?
No one knows the place you’re in
Sirens no one seems to hear
Despite the deafening din

Silence louder than words
Lightness the moment you’re heard
Presence in the quiet of kindness
Patience makes you feel guided

Trust in time and fluidity of feelings
Through pain suffocates, it is part of healing
Trust you’ll know when it’s time to surface
Treading waters for so long
You feel it’s not your purpose

Silence louder than words
Lightness the moment you’re heard
Presence in the quiet of kindness
Patience makes you feel guided

One day you’ll find yourself alone in the crowd again
Keeping your head down, walking
Still no intent of talking
A familiar face will smile at you in kindness
Something deep inside of you will find this great solace
Something deep inside of you’ll surrender to it’s softness

Silence louder than words
Lightness the moment you’re heard
Presence in the quiet of kindness
Patience makes you feel guided

In the silence