Tulisa the female boss visits ACM to talk about Mental Health

17 May 2019

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To mark Mental Health Awareness Week, we were thrilled to welcome singer, songwriter and TV Judge Tulisa to our Guildford campus for a masterclass on mental health in the music industry.

We are proud to have an award-winning student services team and student wellbeing is of utmost importance here at ACM. With wellbeing workshops frequently on the agenda at ACM, students were ecstatic to see Tulisa, receiver of two platinum albums, two gold albums, five MOBO Awards, four headline tours, a Brit nomination , and no fewer than thirteen top 40 singles, share her experience of the music industry from a real artist perspective.

Held at The Electric Theatre, the class was presented by Raf McDonnell who is part of our leadership team. During the class Tulisa opened up about her own experiences with mental health, speaking about her family life and her own coping strategies.

When speaking about depression, Tulisa said “rather than trying to fight depression, own it and manage it”. She urged students to “stay true to yourself” and encouraged them to “manage the lows as well as you enjoy the highs”.

Tulisa advised students to make time for their mental health, explaining the importance of taking time out from work to relax. She also told them that speaking to others is incredibly important and not to feel alone.

During the student Q&A section of the class, the pressures of social media was discussed. She recognised that it was a massive pressure and said that “society has a duty to be kinder to people”.

Speaking about the importance of a good support system, Tulisa shared how she’s built a fantastic team around her so that she doesn’t need to see negative comments. She told students that they should too build a team, and this can start with your friends and family.

The class drew to a close with a massive group selfie and Tulisa staying back to meet students and take part in the ACM wellbeing podcast series.

Students left feeling inspired and Tulisa was incredibly pleased to have met the students.

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