Samaritans support record breaking mental health lesson with astronaut in training Hussain Manawer

On the afternoon of Tuesday 21 March, rocket man Hussain Manawer and King’s College London will fill the Hackney Empire in London with young people to take part in the world’s largest ever mental health lesson.

Hussain and King's College London are calling on school children from all over the UK to help them set a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title. They are aiming for an audience of at least 600 young people from schools, colleges and sixth forms across the country.

“We want to show the world how important it is to look after your mental health, and that it needs to start early,” said Hussain, who has reached out to a generation with his poetry through his YouTube channel, Hussain’s House, and hopes to be the first British Muslim in space.

“Now more than ever we need to focus on our mental health. Mental health matters and that’s the reality.”

The lesson will span 90 minutes and Professor Dame Til Wykes of King’s College London's Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience will be talking about dealing with depression, the effects of stigma and maintaining good mental health.

Samaritans will be supporting this event and providing information for students and staff about their resources to help young people understand and cope with their feelings.

The event will be hosted by presenter and 4Music Radio DJ Maya Jama and there will be surprise guests and celebrity appearances. Hussain Manawer will also be performing an exclusive 20-minute poetry set featuring some very special guests.