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Across five episodes – produced by Mother’s Best Child and TOAD – the series covers topics including trauma, grief, body image and sleep, all accompanied by personal stories from a different artist.
In episode one rapper Konan discusses the after effects of losing his stepdad, and in episode three Krept talks about how he processed the grief of his cousin dying in a car crash. In episode four, Ms Banks talks about how she learned to be comfortable in her own body, having grown up being the tallest in class.
As well as plenty for young people to relate to, the episodes offer some practical steps on how to feel better. Ray BLK is on hand to guide watchers through mindful breathing in times of stress or anxiety, while D Double E shares how to get a good night’s kip – with a sleep meditation guided by his incredibly soothing voice.
Each episode is available to watch on All 4, and is accompanied by charming animation that creates an engaging, but not distracting, backdrop to the artists’ voices.
The series comes hot on the heels of ITV’s ongoing Britain Get Talking campaign, and at a time when many of us are experiencing mental health challenges as a direct result of lockdown and the ongoing pandemic – making these kinds of opportunities for people to speak candidly about their own struggles particularly welcome.
You can find out more here.