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GLASGOW ROCKER TALKS RAP

October 02, 2003 3:58 PM

A GLASGOW rapper is helping NHS Greater Glasgow get the positive mental health message across to young people, with a little help from Radio Clyde's Clyde Action Team.

To promote Mental Health Week (October 6-12) a jingle created by Sam Gallagher (20) will help raise awareness over the airwaves.

The Glasgow groover's tune was the winning entry in a jingle competition run by NHSGG's Youth Team, to add appeal to Mental Health Week.

Throughout next week, DJs at the station will explain what support services are on our streets, while Sam's funky rap in the background spells out the mental message to the masses.

The young rocker from Neilston said: "It was great fun writing and recording the track and the video, which my friends and I did amongst ourselves, so we'd be really proud to hear snippets on Radio Clyde!"

When asked about the meaning behind the music, Sam explained: "With one of the key aims of Mental Health Week being to raise awareness amongst young people about staying mentally healthy, I'm fully behind the campaign.

"Being young myself I know how a lot of information given in schools and colleges can be too boring and ‘official' to make an impact. However, when things are communicated in a way that appeals to you, or you've got to find things out for yourself and really get involved, it makes you keen to understand.

"For example, researching and writing the lyrics for the rap made me look closely at mental health – an issue I've never really come across.  My friends and I now understand it a lot better, so we hope that having Radio Clyde involved in the week will get important information directly to other young people."

In a determined bid to let people know what services are there for them, Clyde will broadcast interviews and live events each day next week to inform listeners about staying mentally healthy.

Lee Knifton, Mental Health Promotion Officer for NHSGG, said: "We were really impressed with the song, as we could never have produced something like that ourselves.

"Sam and his friends have helped us reach out to our target audience in a new and exciting way, so we really hope the week as a whole makes an impact on young people."

ENDS

For further information, contact:

Caroline Jarvie on 0141 201 4447

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