The BRITs partners with Mind to fund mental health education

Today, BRITs Chairman & Sony Music UK Chairman and CEO, Jason Iley alongside George Ezra, presented a cheque for £250,000 to Mind, The BRIT School and Music Support. 

Jason Iley said of the donation: “I am delighted that we can use the BRIT Awards platform to publicly support and fundraise for mental wellbeing. The difference that these charities make towards people lives is immeasurable and addressing this subject within schools is vital to a progressive and optimistic future.”
 
George Ezra added: “I think it’s brilliant that Mind are working with secondary schools to help raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing. Your school years are such an important time and having an understanding of mental health and knowing what support is available can make a real difference. I’m really pleased that the BRIT Awards have chosen Mind to roll out this important project reaching thousands of people.”
 
The event was hosted by The BRIT School’s Principal, Stuart Worden, who was joined by Mind CEO Paul Farmer and Matt Thomas from Music Support.  
 
£200,000 of the pledged total will go to mental health charity Mind as part of a brand new partnership with The BRITs, to support the pilot of their Whole School Approach to mental health. The pilot will launch this September in a diverse range of secondary schools across England and Wales – including The BRIT School. 
  
In addition to being one of the first schools to pilot Mind’s Whole School Approach to mental health, The BRIT School has been awarded £25,000 to support dedicated mental health wellbeing and special needs work for their students. 
 
A further £25,000 will go to Music Support - the new music industry addictions and mental health charity established by industry veterans Matt Thomas and Andy Franks, which has Robbie Williams as its patron.