"My name is Mark Story, I am also known as 'Mental Health Music'.
You can connect with me on Twitter, here >> mental health music @Markstorey65
'Mental Health Music' MHM, started about a year ago when I was hospitalized after a relapse, I hadn't played guitar for many years, but after finding an old guitar on the ward, I picked it up and started playing - words and music began pouring out of me,
Over the duration of my stay I kept on writing about how I was feeling, and about how my lived experience of mental illness had affected me.
I continued to write my thoughts down over the coming weeks/months, and then, together with a music friend started recording what was pouring out of me.
Initially we had no plan, except to record and upload to youtube - That was the beginning of what would eventually develop into a well known mental health awareness campaign. 12 months on MHM is known all over the world and I now have an EP, and a single on itunes and Amazon.
Today, my music is played on radio stations around the world, and this November 21st; I will be playing at Peerfest 2014.
My heart goes out to other suffers, my goal is to reach as many as possible with the message of recovery. Also, to tackle the stigma of mental illness, raise awareness, and speak out for the voiceless, the silent majority who suffer in silence around the world.
So many are afraid to speak out, because of the nature of a traumatic event in their lives, or because they have been a victim of sexual abuse, or through fear of stigma, judgement.
I am very passionate about mental health awareness, and support all those who speak out for the suffering.
Essentially MHM music is about reaching people where they are and being a comfort to them.
As MHM grows, I will continue to give as much support as I can to those in need.
Lets fight the stigma of mental health and suicide.
No more shame!"