Debut EP from Hussain Manawer supports Samaritans and Mental Health Awareness Week
To coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week, the poet, campaigner and astronaut Hussain Manawer is releasing his debut EP of poetry, ‘Am I Going Too Deep?’, with a portion of the proceeds going to Samaritans.
The five spoken word tracks cover a range of topics close to Hussain’s heart through his unique, irreverent and thought provoking wordplay.
“I had to express myself in the only way I knew how,” say’s Hussain. “To me it’s a big part of my soul encapsulated into words. I hope it touches and resonates with people the way I want it to. I had to be honest on the tracks, and that came from listening to artists like Mike Skinner and Krept & Konan.
“I think society is starting to move in the right direction with regards to how we look at mental health, so I hope 'Am I going too deep?' is the starting point of a conversation for at least one person during Mental Health Awareness Week.”
Hussain is an accomplished poet, writer, proud supporter of Samaritans and a passionate campaigner for mental health awareness, especially amongst young people. He’s worked with schools to explore the effects of cyber bullying and earlier this year set a World Record for the largest ever mental health lesson, attended by more than five hundred pupils at London’s Hackney Empire, supported by Samaritans. In March, he addressed MPs at the Houses of Parliament on behalf of the charity.
Samaritans CEO Ruth Sutherland said: “Hussain is not only a brilliant artist but also a powerful communicator and advocate. His ability to portray thoughts and emotions that so many people can identify with is empowering for anyone going through a tough time. His work gives others a voice, and will help ensure more people ‘survive and thrive’, irrespective of the challenges they face.”
The 24 year-old Londoner is also set to be the first British Muslim in space. He beat 30,000 other entries from more than ninety different countries in the Kruger Cowne Rising Star competition to win a place on one of the first commercial space flights and will soar more than 100km into the atmosphere. As part of his entry he performed a poem about suicide and has dedicated the trip to everyone around the world who has suffered from mental health issues.
The poems on the EP have been set to music by Hussain’s producer, Moghul Veyron, and are available to preview now and purchase from 8 May via iTunes or to stream on Spotify. We’re proud to be working with Hussain and that 36p from every album download will be donated to Samaritans.
For more information, photos and interviews, please contact Samaritans’ Press Team on 020 8394 8300 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Notes to editors:
- Find out more about Hussain Manawer on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.
- Mental Health Awareness week is a Mental Health Foundation annual initiative that runs from 8-14 May this year with the theme ‘survive and thrive’. For more information, please see: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week
- Anyone can contact Samaritans for free at any time from any phone on 116 123 (this number is FREE to call and won’t show up on your phone bill), or you can email email@example.com, or visit www.samaritans.org to find details of your nearest branch.
- It’s the public’s kind donations and more than 20,000 trained volunteers that mean Samaritans is always there for anyone struggling to cope. Find out how you can support us at: www.samaritans.org/support-us