Recreate Your Values.

The John Byrne Award is a library of creative work from 16-25 year olds across Scotland. Find out how to enter

Hear Me

Hear Me

Hear Me

Rebecca Herd

I feel that my work expresses the values of Honesty, Helpfulness, Responsibility and Equality, as it addresses the issue of mental health. I wrote the song as a letter to my friends and family members describing what I need for them when I’m struggling with my mental health, and hoped to express what others with mental health issues feel they cannot say to those around them. The values mentioned above are relevant to the song because the lyrics touch on stigma and discuss what can be done to help someone struggling with their mental health. The song was written from the point of view of someone with depression, and allows their feelings and thoughts to be expressed with sympathy and understanding. I hoped to provide some insight into the mind of someone with mental health issues, giving an honest account of what it feels like to need help. Upon learning that their loved one has mental health issues, people often assume that it is their responsibility to ‘fix’ it, and with my song I want to convey the message that in order to help, often all you have to do is listen and give support.

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The Screwball Dilemma

The Screwball Dilemma

One Believer

One Believer