What is the #TOTHEBEAT Challenge?

We’re aiming to #SpreadSmiles with our #TOTHEBEAT Challenge to help fund youth mental health music & creative programmes!

How do I take part? Simple…

Here is all you need to do!

1. Pick an action (dance, rap, smile, push-up, dip, sit-ups, skip, hop, laugh, cartwheel … its your challenge do what you want!)

2. Play: or download this track or go to YouTube and type TO THE BEAT CHALLENGE YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH

3. Record video

   ● Introduce yourself, (my name is Karen and this is my on the beat challenge)

   ● Do your thing until this track ends

   ● Say who you are nominating

4. Tag & nominate the 3 friends and upload video to social media!

5. Copy & Paste this “I (skipped)) #tothebeat to #spreadsmiles to improve youth mental health, text donate ‘Beat17 £2” to 70070, I challenge (tag 3 friends)”

6. Text donate BEAT17 to 70070 just £2

7. If you love making videos on your phone, download these 720p images to insert and make your own video


Anyone Can Join In!

Dance, bop, squat, kick a ball up, head bang, tap, dance, rap…. Or for less active people you can blink, type, whisk, cook, make a cup of tea to the beat… be as creative as you like!

The less serious the better – we want you to have fun with this challenge and spread as many smiles for youth mental health awareness!

Why is it important to take part?

There is an increasing need for services to tackle the troubling statistics around young people with mental health problems.

● Over 3 young people each class in school suffer from a diagnosable mental health condition (11.5% aged between 11 – 16)

● A startling one in four (26%) young people in the UK experience suicidal thoughts and admission to hospital from self-harm alone has risen 68% in a decade.

● Rates of depression and anxiety have increased by 70% in the past 25 years.

● The number of children and young people turning up in A&E with a psychiatric condition has more than doubled since 2009.

● In a 2016 survey for Parent Zone, 93% of teachers reported seeing increased rates of mental illness among children and teenagers and 90% said the issues were getting more severe, with 62% dealing with a pupil’s mental-health problem at least once a month and an additional 20% doing so on a weekly or even daily basis.

What is the music & arts programme?

Skip to the Beat is a programme designed to utilise the arts to improve the mental wellbeing of young people. This includes support to young people wherever they may be on the pathway from diagnosis and referral to a mental health service, to recovery and healing.

The aim of the programme is to:

● Act as early intervention to prevent escalation to ill mental health

● Build the resilience and independence of young people to safely manage their emotions and feelings through music and creativity

The value of music, art and expressive writing as healing therapy has been well documented. Through these methodologies, Skip to the Beat provides the building blocks for a happier, healthier existence and offers creative engagement and a supportive community,often for the first time in their lives.