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About Us

The Lily-Jo Project is a platform devoted to using the power of music to educate, equip, and empower people of all ages to take control of their mental health.

Music plays a critical role across our three focus areas:

🎵 Educate

Music helps our brain establish new memories, helping us learn and process information.

🎵 Equip

Music can be used as a tool to boost our mood, connect with memories, and lower stress levels.

🎵 Empower

Music helps us process complex emotions and enables us to cultivate our sense of identity.

Sources: Harvard Health, AARP, Psychology Today

Our Vision

We want to see a future where everyone has the ability to:

  • Learn about the basic, clinical aspects of wellbeing, mental health, and mental health hygiene.
  • Understand how to proactively self-care, how to spot common warning signs and symptoms of mental illness, and how to reach out for help.
  • Feel inspired and energised to live their life to the fullest.

The Problems We Face

1 in 5 people have suicidal thoughts, 1 in 14 people self-harm, and 1 in 15 people attempt suicide. We believe that this is far too many.

Here are a few of the key underlying challenges:

  • 75% with a mental health condition start developing it before 18.
  • Teachers and parents lack quality mental health resources.
  • Support services are overwhelmed, have long wait times, and require a referral.
  • Existing mental health curriculum does not resonate with kids and teens.
  • Anxiousness and loneliness among students has worsened since the pandemic.
  • A quarter of secondary-age pupils reported being worried about being able to afford technology for studying.
  • One in eight 11 to 16-year-olds and one in seven 17- to 24-year-olds reported that they have been bullied online.

Sources: Mind, MFHA England, MQ: Transforming Mental Health, State of the nation 2022: children and young people’s wellbeing

Our Core Services

To address these problems, The Lily-Jo Project proudly offers the following mix of free and paid services.

24/7 Online Self-Help

Resource

Our free online self-help resource is designed to help individuals and families overcome common mental health challenges such as low mood, anxiety, stress, self-harm, eating disorders, and low self-esteem.

To account for a variety of learning styles, we utilise a range of mediums including music, videos, podcasts, and written text.

Live Workshops & Assembly Days

Our live workshops are available to primary and secondary schools across the UK. Each lesson incorporates music, dance, and activities to make learning about mental health fun and memorable.

Currently, we offer 7 different age-appropriate lessons that cover a number of key topics such as mental health hygiene, coping with change, overcoming anxiety and low mood, and living life with purpose.

Online Mental Health Curriculum

Our free online curriculum has over a year’s worth of content for classrooms worldwide. The aim is to empower teachers and wellbeing leads to address the very basics of mental health while also cultivating a classroom culture of positivity, kindness, and empathy. 

Available topics include mental health hygiene, racism, self-esteem, bullying, resilience, self-expression, peer mentoring, and more!

Annual Report 

Learn more about what we accomplished in 2022 by reading our latest Annual Report.

Meet the Team

Lily-Jo

Founder, Executive Producer & Workshop Presenter

Shelby

Communications & Content Manager

Alexis

Admin & Content Creator

Emma

Writer

Brandy

Writer

Sola

Choreographer & Dancer

Emma

Clinical Consultant

Work With Us

We’re always on the lookout for talented singers, rappers, dancers, presenters, and sound engineers who have a passion for mental health and working with young people. 

If this sounds like something that interests you, feel free to get in touch by submitting your application today.

Our Partners

Trustees

Our trustees help us plan, think strategically, and stay focused. With their generous support and guidance, we can make sure that The Lily-Jo Project makes the right decisions for the future.

 Rebecca Fidler – Estar Bennett – Adam Shardlow – Charles Morgan

Building a sense of community and connection with other people is so important to us. If you are interested in volunteering, sharing your story, becoming a partner, collaborating on a project, or donating, please get in touch with us by sending an email to: admin@thelilyjoproject.com.

Get Involved!

Share

If you’d like to share your mental health journey with us, we would love to hear from you! Give us a shout at admin@thelilyjoproject.com and we are happy to find a way to collaborate with you on a blog article, video, or podcast.

Donate

Love what we do? Why not make a donation to support our continued work in schools and communities worldwide. For regular giving, please contact admin@thelilyjoproject.com.

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