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Hi guys, Lily-Jo here! How are you doing?

Autumn is in full swing and for the team and I at The Lily-Jo Project, time seems to be flying by! I actually wished someone a Happy Christmas today as I realised I won’t see them till the New Year!!!!

We’ve been visiting schools, releasing new music, and already making lots of fun plans for 2020 – here’s a quick update with where we’re at so you can stay in the loop!

Back to School and Pics From the Road

Already this year, we’ve visited over 20,000 high-school students in schools across the country, and each visit is always loads of fun and super impactful. We sing, dance, laugh, and chat all around the important subject of mental health and I am forever grateful that we get to do this on a regular basis. 

Many students have never heard this mental health message before, and we love getting to share our life stories with them while also empowering them with the tools they need to take control of their own mental health. 

Here’s some pics from the road! 

To learn more about this schools tour, feel free to visit our designated page on The Lily-Jo Project website. Simply click here.

If you would like to learn more about arranging a visit with your school, or you know of someone else who might be interested, feel free to get in touch with our amazing operations manager, Pete, at admin@thelilyjoproject.com

New Music: Smile and Break Free

Connecting with people through music is truly a passion of mine. That’s why I love getting back into the studio and creating something new! 

I have recently released two new singles: Break Free and Smile. Check them out on Spotify, iTunes, and YouTube. 

World Mental Health Day

This month was also World Mental Health Day, which is recognised on October 10 each year. We’ve always got mental health on the brain, but for the rest of the world it is so important to have reminders! 

This year, the focus of the campaign was on suicide prevention – a topic SO important for people of ALL ages. I’d love to plug the official World Health Organization’s page for this – they have some amazing resources that you can access here. We’ve also got a page on The Lily-Jo Project website devoted to self harm, which you can also access anytime. 

What’s Next?

What’s next on the agenda? We’ve got more school days and conferences coming up this season, and in January, I also get to join my buddy, Philippa again on the second leg of the Known tour!

Last summer, Philippa and I released a song together called “Known” and went on tour across the country in partnership with Compassion UK. We are so excited to get to do this again in January. Nottingham is already sold out, but if you’re free, we’d love to see you in Cambridge on Saturday the 11th of January and in London on Saturday the 25th.

To book tickets for yourself or for a friend, visit www.philippahanna.com

Stand in the Gap

I am also proud to launch our brand new campaign called #iStandintheGAP. We see every day how challenges with mental health can limit people in reaching their full potential, and I believe that we, as adults, have a duty of care to stand in the gap for this generation of young people, so that the cycle does not continue. 

There are many ways that you can stand in the gap – and we want to give you the flexibility and opportunity to be a part of this movement. You can find our latest video here which shares a bit more about this campaign and how you can partner with us. 

As always, we graciously accept donations of all sizes, and we’ve got a brand new donate page on the website which makes it easier for you to choose how you want to donate. You can find that page here. 

Many thanks again for following my journey, I couldn’t do it without you! 

Take care, and speak soon. Make sure you send me your updates! 

Lily-Jo xx