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MMAD Day: Musos aiming to make a difference during Mental Health Awareness Month

You might be seeing a lot of music dedications across your social platforms today. What’s it all about? Well, today is ‘Musicians Making A Difference Day’ (MMAD), an initiative that aims to change young lives positively through music.

This annual charity awareness day uses the power of music and community to reach and uplift young folk facing adversity in all its forms.

Serious fact number one: Suicide is still the leading cause of death for young people.

Serious fact number two: There are over 26,400 reports of child abuse every year.

Serious fact number three: There are over 27,600 young people that are homeless and on the streets on any given night.

Add to this distress the 1 in 10 young people disengaged from employment or education, and it appears as though there are a lot of peeps in need of some positive motivation right now.

As a national charity, MMAD is calling on the Australian community to dedicate songs on social media with the hashtag #ThisSongIsForYou along with @mmadaustralia, or to dedicate a music-themed event in support of the cause. 

By helping to raise awareness for the charity, thousands of young people across the country will be able to connect to various platforms for help, including street support groups, crisis casework, expressive therapy programs, and even a music soup kitchen.

Helping to promote MMAD are artists as diverse as Yungblud, Tove Lo, Vera Blue, Ryan Tedder, Lewis Capaldi, Bliss N Eso, Thandi Phoenix, Melanie Dyer, HJimmie Allen, Avneesha, Benny Blanco and many more.

Bliss N Eso, just one of the acts taking part in MMAD Day dedications.

Chairperson of MMAD, Geraint Davies, is encouraging everyone to consider young people most vulnerable in our community, and to use their sphere of influence and music to help make a difference.
“Last year, MMAD Day reached 13 million people nationally and connected 13,000 people to the charity as a direct result of the campaign,” says Davies. “Every young person deserves someone who believes in them and the opportunity to live their potential.”
Released this week and setting off a chain of song dedications is the track Taking Back My Life, written with graduates of the charity’s youth mentoring programs including emerging talent Libby Ingels. 

There’s merch available, too, in the form of cool MMAD socks, available here, with proceeds going back to the charity.

Michael Mastess

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