Today sees the release of brand new charity single F**k You Brain, a collaboration between Ginger Wildheart and Ryan Hamilton.
You can purchase the 3 song download directly from roundrecords.bandcamp.com, and all proceeds made from sales of the single will be donated to The Samaritans, a very deserving charity, particularly around this time of year.
“Ironically I struggled even getting to the studio to record my parts for this single, deep as was in my current battle with depression. The same attack that almost killed me a week ago.
My depression wants me dead. So far I’m winning on weight advantage, but the battle is never over.
This is a very vulnerable time of year for sufferers of mental health issues, and suicide sees a marked increase over Christmas and New Year. So the help provided by The Samaritans is invaluable, especially over this period.
Please help us in helping someone this year.
Obviously severe depression is not seasonal, but the reminder that you yourself are ‘not doing so bad’ is reinforced over this Festive holiday. If you have a healthy family, loved ones who are safe, a warm home, a job and a hot meal staring at you at some point, then you are doing better than many people this Xmas.
To simply say ‘thank you’ for what you have, please donate for those suffering from suicidal thoughts, struggling with depression/anxiety, or for those helping such a person through this holiday period.
Our suggestion is £5.00, but if you’re doing okay this year then please add a little. The people involved in this single all gave their time for free, and we’ll even be dropping a ‘thank you’ donation into the box. Let’s do this selflessly and with love.
I’d like to thank everyone who has worked tirelessly to make sure that this single happens in time to help. My warm thanks extend to every one of you for helping save someone’s life this Christmas.
The single was co-written with Ryan Hamilton, who has this to say about the collaboration:
“Ginger and I have both been very vocal about our struggles with depression and anxiety. Mental health issues like these deserve much more attention, and respect, than they get.
After we wrote ‘F**k You, Brain’ we weren’t quite sure what to do with it. Ginger had the idea to use it as a charity single, and asked if I was ok with that. I couldn’t say “YES!” fast enough.
I hope everyone enjoys the new music and fun collaboration. I also sincerely hope we can raise a good deal of money to raise awareness, and do some good, for an issue very important to us.”
Givvi Flynn, whom many of you will know from Ginger’s solo band outings as well as performing vocal duties with The Dowling Poole, lent her talents to the single as well. She offers these words:
“When Ginger asked me if I’d like to get involved with this single, it was a no-brainer. My own mental health requires daily management (as does that of many friends and colleagues) so I fully appreciate how dark some days can be – why wouldn’t I want to do something which might help those suffering similarly?
I hope the song raises money and awareness for a great cause, it was a pleasure to be part of such a positive, rewarding venture.”
Emily Ewing, who also provided backing vocals for the track, has this to say:
“It has been a real honour to have my vocals feature on this track. The song has such an important message. One that speaks to me personally as well.
My anxiety is an on-going battle, some days are certainly worse than others. There are times when I can’t see light at the end of the tunnel. Panic attacks have also played a major role in my life. As a society we need to stop saying ‘Get over it’, ‘You have nothing to be sad about’. Just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it’s not there or happening. It’s hard to pretend everything is fine when it’s not.
I hope this song raises awareness and lets anyone going through a hard time with mental illness know you are brave to face it every day and you not alone!!!”
Please dig deep and support The Samaritans this Christmas, by downloading the single (which is accompanied by 2 extra tracks) from roundrecords.bandcamp.com.
Every penny made from this will be given to The Samaritans, and will help those who need a little extra help over the Christmas and New Year period.