Posted on: 16 May 2024

Last week, friends, family and staff gathered to celebrate the launch of ‘Every Effort Counts’ a new album written and recorded by young black men at Northwick Park Hospital.

It’s available to listen and stream on Spotify now.Finding Rhythm - Every Effort Counts album pic.jpg

The project ran for 12-weeks and is the second cohort in partnership with Finding Rhythm bringing the group together who have faced barriers to accessing mental health support services 

With support from a team led by Dr Shona Herron, CNWL Senior Clinical Psychologist, they also worked with music practitioners, professional record producer and jazz musicians for Finding Rhythms 143rd music project.

Dr Shona Herron said:

“Finding Rhythms is a music-based project underpinned by Narrative Therapy that has been supporting young black men who have faced severe mental health difficulties in Harrow with huge successes.

Feedback has been excellent, with the men reporting feeling safe and understood in the group, as well as increasing in confidence and overall wellbeing. An enormous thanks to everyone who has contributed to this project and made it possible. These men have thrived within this project!”

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Picture credit: Finding Rhythms

Gail Burrell, CNWL Borough Director for Harrow attended the listening party and said:

“I had the pleasure of attending the fabulous celebration event last Thursday and heard many of the songs.”

At the event, the group beamed with pride as their album, ‘Every Effort Counts’ was played to a captive audience and certificates of participation presented to them.

Five men singing as part of Harrow Acute Mental Health Services music intervention with finding rhythms .jpg

The project has received funding to continue running until September for a third cohort, giving another 10 young men the opportunity to come together to share stories, and collaborate on an album together.