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Exploring Effective Practice

What types of approach work when using singing and vocal work to support children & young people's mental health & wellbeing? We offer some insights and an increasing bank of knowledge and materials to help support thinking and development for those working, or looking to work in this rich and complex field.


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Creating a Safe Space for Singing

How do we create singing and music-making experiences that support participants' wellbeing in a way which which feels safe and is safe for all involved? Sing Up Foundation commissioned North East England charity Blue Cabin to create a guide which explores the concept of a safe space in its widest sense.
Blue Cabin
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Beatboxing, Identity and Mental Health

We asked beatboxing and looping legend, mental health champion and long-time friend of Sing Up SK Shlomo to give us some insights into their work with young people at Breathe Academy.
SK Shlomo
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Working in Challenging Settings

We visit Becton Centre for Children & Young People to find out how music making provided by Yorkshire Youth and Music is a key part of provision for those outside of mainstream education.
Yorkshire Youth & Music

Useful links

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Creatively Minded and Young

by The Baring Foundation

A selection of arts and mental health projects with, by and for children & young people.

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Creative Health: The Arts for Health and Wellbeing

by All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing

Enquiry report 2017.

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Researching the impact of the National Singing Programme 'Sing Up' in England

by Institute of Education

Main findings from the first 3 years (2007-10): children's singing development, self-concept and sense of social inclusion

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6 Benefits of Music for your Mental Health

by CAMHS Professionals

Poster summarising the main benefits of music for mental health

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Singing, wellbeing and health: context, evidence and practice

by Ian Morrison and Stephen Clift

Publication by Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health.

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Mental Health Resources for Schools

by Place2Be

Creative wellbeing activities, Children's Mental Health Week resources and more.

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Mental Health Flow Chart


Categorisation of different types of behaviours that could be resent in students, a red, amber & green system and recommendations on what staff should do.

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Classroom Wellbeing Toolkit

by Anna Freud

Simple ways to support students' mental health.

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Childhood Trauma, The Brain and The Social World

by UK Trauma Council

A short guide about the importance of social relationships for mental health.

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General Interest

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Jane Wheeler

From Inspiring Voices podcast, Season 1

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