Teenage soft rock sensation Split Second stopped by Ross Market House as part of their campaign to promote mental health.

The band of 15-to-16-year-olds that brought Ciao Bella to the air waves, Split Second, have written a new song called Reach Out, which focusses on the impact the pandemic had on their mental health. It’s core message is to encourage other young people to open up and talk if they are struggling too.

The new release is part of a promotional campaign developed with the help of Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust which aims to promote mental health support for young people at a series of live busking events across the West Midlands.

You are not on your own and there are people and organisations out there who can help.

Levi Husbands

They have been performing the song, alongside a full set, at events throughout the West Midlands over the last week, stopping by Market House last Wednesday morning (August 3). Staff from the Health and Care NHS Trust, which provides mental health care to local children and adults, have been on hand at the events to share information about local support.

Split Second playing at Ross Market House.
Split Second performed at Ross Market House. (Split Second )

The band are now preparing to perform Reach Out at the Worcester Show at Pitchcroft at 11am on the main stage on Sunday August 14.

Band guitarist and Reach Out songwriter Levi Husbands said: “Lockdown had a big impact on my own mental health which led me to the NHS and the writing of this song. We hope anyone who hears the track is encouraged to ‘reach out’. You are not on your own and there are people and organisations out there who can help.”

One in six children aged five to 16 identified as having a probable mental health problem in July 2021, that’s five children in every classroom.

Trudy Neal, participation and engagement worker at the Health and Care NHS Trust said: “The music events were attended by staff from the Trust and from several local organisations and it was a great way to share information about the help which is available to any child or young person who might be unsure where to go to talk to someone. Our hope is that the video will be used in schools and colleges to show young people where they can go to get some help.”

She added: “This was driven by the work of young people on the trust’s youth board, a group of 14–24-year-olds who volunteer in the NHS. They provide a voice for young people and wanted to reach out to their peers in an innovative and accessible way.”

A video to accompany Reach Out is also being produced and will be shared across local radio and online.

Hendrik Harms, director at Harms Way who are producing the music video said: “It is great to be able to work on a film for such a good cause. I hope the official music video, which will be launched autumn this year, will help people to talk to someone about how they feel.”