Alesso & Other Artists Grant Spotify Covers For Mental Health Awareness
On Saturday, Canada and many other parts of the world officially kicked off Mental Health Awareness Month. Each year, millions of individuals face the reality of living with a mental illness. Now, more than ever, we must all do our part to raise awareness of trauma and the impact it can have on the physical, emotional, and mental well-being of children, families, and communities.
Throughout the years, we've seen many organizations also do their part to help destigmatize discussions around mental health. Moreover, the dance music community is no stranger to this crucial task. Recently, the Tim Bergling Foundation alongside Save The Children Sweden have joined forces to aid in this important matter.
The unexpected, yet necessary, joint campaign has partnered with a long-list of musicians, including Alesso, Tove Lo, Ariana Grande, Elliphant, and many more artists, who will replace their album covers on Spotify during the month of May. The goal is to change their covers with animated shorts that depict children's struggles with mental health.
Some of you may have already spotted these spectacular clips. The animated shorts, also known as Canvases, were created by a talented team of artists. We'd like to extend our thanks and appreciation to Allen Laseter, Alva Skog, Parallel Teeth, Laura Hodkin and Dan Stankler, the masterminds behind these animations, as they not only successfully achieved the desired goal, but they also beautifully captured the stories children have shared about their own mental health challenges.
“Mental illness among young people is increasing, and even though this issue is covered regularly in the media, it is still very challenging to reach children with relevant information and support," Helena Thybell, Secretary-General of Save the Children Sweden, shared. "That is why it’s important for us to use a channel where children are – and show that no one is alone."
In addition to conducting your own research about the Tim Bergling Foundation and Save The Children, we suggest giving the expertly curated playlist a listen below. Each track features all of the artists involved. Music is healing - perhaps it'll help give you or others strength simply by taking a moment to listen.
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