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Fallen Lights set to inspire County Sligo to ‘mind your mind’

Midlands based quartet, Fallen Lights, are getting set to embark on their mammoth 32 gigs in 32 days in 32 counties tour of Ireland during May and June 2017 to inspire everyone they meet along the way to ‘mind your mind’.

As part of part of the tour, the band will be playing a live gig on Saturday 3rd June 2017 at Kennedy’s Bar in Sligo Town (check out the Inspire website www.inspirewellbeing.ie for exact details of the gig).

Fallen Lights have a unique blend of rich harmonies and catchy melodies underpinning pop sensibilities, with this in mind it is easy to see how Fallen Lights guarantee to get even the most dedicated of rockers tapping their toes. Fallen Lights, are bringing their high intensity live show on the road this summer for an impressive (32) date tour across Ireland with proceeds from the tour donated to Inspire.

All four lads in the band, Joe, Graham, Jay and Andrew have or know someone close to them in their lives who is affected by a mental health issue. As typical young Irish blokes, they know all too well that there can be a stigma in talking about the subject, or reaching out for help. They want to get out and about and share the positive word that mental health issues are not anything to be ashamed or embarrassed about and that it can at times be ok to not be ok and need to ask for help.

The lads themselves are no mental health experts but they are talented musicians, so they are joining forces with Inspire (who know a thing or two about mental health and wellbeing), to use their talent as musicians to go on the road, help make some noise, get people, especially young people talking, and help Inspire to be able to develop and deliver mental health and wellbeing services right across the island of Ireland. Inspire is based in Northern Ireland and was formed in 1959, focusing on promoting wellbeing for all through its mental health, learning/intellectual disability and workplace and academic wellbeing services, locally, across the island of Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom. It offers a number of community based mental health services in the North, and has recently opened new accommodation support services for individuals with an intellectual disability in Cavan, Monaghan, Dundalk, Drogheda and Tralee.

Through its free confidential counselling services, Inspire also covers nearly a million ‘lives’ throughout Ireland in settings such as colleges, Institutes of Technology and workplaces large and small. In Ireland, it is estimated that one in four adults will experience a mental health problem at some time[1], and according to research published by RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland) in 2013[2], one in five young Irish adults aged 19-24 and one in six young people aged 11-13 were experiencing mental disorder at the time of survey. The CSO[3] reported that in 2015, there were 451 suicides in Ireland and males accounted for 83% of these figures. According to the Mental Health Foundation[4], as many as one in five people living in Northern Ireland show signs of a mental health problem, with more women than men reporting a problem (even though logically men are just as likely to be affected).

'Close-knit and inclusive'

Speaking about this issue of mental wellbeing and the motivation behind the Mind Your Mind tour, Andrew Cody who plays base and is on vocals for the band says: “Being Irish is a gift, as a nation we are fun, out-going, close-knit and inclusive. For the most part being Irish is great however I think most will agree we are not the most open of nations and when it comes to talking about ones mental health we are generally known for bottling things up and keeping our thoughts to ourselves, especially Irish blokes.

“As young people in school or college, we spend so much time having to educate ourselves about this and that to get us ready for exams and tests. Of course studying hard to succeed is important, but I would urge young people to set aside a bit of time to also get to know themselves mentally and emotionally and educate themselves about signs and symptoms of when things might be going wrong.

“Like any other health condition, mental illness is something every young person should be taught about, in particular the strong link between physical and mental wellbeing. If you look after yourself physically, that can be of a great benefit to your mind too.”

Throughout the tour, the lads aim to prompt conversations about mental and emotional health and spread positive messaging about how we can all take simple steps to protect and enhance our personal wellbeing. Where they can, the band will also be asking people to donate a bit to help Inspire develop new services.

If you want to check out the stylish soundings of Fallen Lights for yourself and learn a bit more about the five inspirational steps, Inspire would like you to take to enhance your own personal wellbeing, please go along and support the lads’ efforts at their gig in Kennedy’s Bar on Saturday 3rd June.