Skip To The Beat helps support young people with mental health conditions by providing access to tools they can use to better express themselves and manage their behaviour. Our creative approach allows us to go further than simply providing effective coping mechanisms, by offering them a way of learning how to release negative emotions and adopt strategies that help them maintain good mental health.
Our main aims include:
Rachel Sarpong, 15 years old, wrote this poem after the first five-days on Skip to the beat, overcoming her fears and courageously shared this to an audience of her peers and guests, this is just one example of the impact of this programme.
Young Urban Arts saves lives day by day
A week full of activities that takes the pain away
On Wednesday I remembered what happiness was
I had always been on the side of depression and was finally getting across
A smile gradually took over my face
I was having fun and I swear I couldn’t have been in a better place
I am not a mental health disorder I am me
I am not my thoughts I can be whoever I want to be
Things aren’t the best but they get better they always do
Let’s stop looking back at the past because the past doesn’t define you
How would we know a good day if we didn’t have a bad one?
I am Rachel and in a couple of years this will be a battle I have won
You all have a space in my heart
And after today we will all have a positive fresh start
A toolkit is given to each young person at the beginning of the week. This includes a journal to record how the day has been for them, and allows them to select five points they can apply in every day life.