Since 2011 Reprezent 107.3FM has been a growing force with young people across the capital and worldwide. Reprezent Radio is the only radio station in the UK that is fully represented by young people under the age of 25. Not only does Reprezent radio play music from all around the world, they also actively campaign on issues affecting young people like unemployment, domestic violence, and global current affairs.

Raw Sounds had the chance to explore the issues around Mental Health Awareness Week. Raw sounds focused on the issue of Drugs and Alcohol: Rock and Rehab – An Exploration of Drugs, Alcohol and Mental Health through Music by Ailbhe Waterhouse. Hannah (Raw Sounds, music for mental well-being) represented us from Raw Material.

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The Royal college of Psychiatrists spoke to Hannah Welch, Raw Sounds programme manager, who gave her insight into how the service works and the experience of those involved. Check it out.



“The Royal College of Psychiatrists is the professional medical body responsible for supporting psychiatrists throughout their careers, from training through to retirement, and in setting and raising standards of psychiatry in the United Kingdom”

“The College aims to improve the outcomes of people with mental illness, and the mental health of individuals, their families and communities. In order to achieve this, the College sets standards and promotes excellence in psychiatry; leads, represents and supports psychiatrists; improves the scientific understanding of mental illness; works with and advocates for patients, carers and their organisations. Nationally and internationally, the College has a vital role in representing the expertise of the psychiatric profession to governments and other agencies.” – Royal college of Psychiatrists.

The Edward Adamson Festival celebrates the life and work of Edward Adamson (1911-1996) who was a visionary pioneer of the arts as therapy, the creator of the Adamson collection and also the thirty year anniversary of the publication Adamson’s and John Timlin’s book ‘Art of Healing’ 1984.

The ORTUS learning and events centre will host the second major event. The Edward Adamson event is celebrating the creativity of those living with mental health issues and reflecting on the relevance of Adamson’s point of view. On the day there will be Creative Art Therapy workshops, film screenings and art projections. Raw sounds will be performing ‘Healing Noise’ a collaboration with the Adamson collection trust.

EVENT: spontaneous creativity: Art, Recovery, Therapy – 8th May 2014

All events are free but registration required. Please also note the CAT workshops are limited to 45 places.

For enquires please email or go to

Last night Raw Material held a celebration event to mark the end of the Raw Sounds spring term. This programme offers music workshops to young people and adults experiencing mental ill health, and the gig showcased new music written by participants during the ten week course.


The gig was packed, and we heard all kinds of tunes – DJs, spoken word, rapping, solo artists, bands, and loads of collaborations crossing genres in exciting ways.


The next Raw Sounds term begins on the 22nd May – to participate, you must be referred via mental health services – full info here


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