Durham Children in Care Day
Sixteen young people, who were care experienced, attended a workshop with music artist Ric Flow (who has care experience/mental health experience) to work with the group around the stigma of mental health when in care and as care leavers. A song was created and sang at Care Day 2020. Care day is the world’s largest international celebration of children and young people with care experiences. Discussions took place at the Care Day about the song, people’s opinions about care, experiences of discrimination and the impact this can have. Including people of different ages sharing their thoughts on their own mental health challenges with people who had experienced mental health difficulties.
The highlights were allowing young people to come together with Ric Flow and develop a song on mental health and stigma, which was then sang at the Care Day event by Ric. Acting as a platform to promote conversations across the event on mental health. Below are some pictures of some young people developing the song, coming up with lyrics, including Ric talking about his struggles with mental health and performing the song.