Enter the Brighter Berkshire Song Writing Competition #BBSongs17

Brighter Berkshire, in partnership with Berkshire Community Foundation and Reading Rock Academy, are calling for young people in Berkshire aged 11 to 18 to write a song focusing on mental wellbeing and be in with a chance of winning amazing prizes and performing at Grand Final in Reading Town Hall on 10th October 2017, World Mental Health day.


Pete Doyle, Founder of Reading Rock Academy Foundation is leading a team of volunteers from the music industry, schools, parents, and mental health sector to run the competition.

The Brighter Berkshire song-writing competition will involve every secondary school in Berkshire to encourage young people to use music to help with their experiences and demonstrate how music can support people through problems with their mental health.


“Music is medicine for mental health and this competition is an unique opportunity to find talented young songwriters across Berkshire schools and have their song judged and recorded by music industry professionals”

Pete Doyle

Founder, Reading Rock Academy Foundation

The competition is open to anyone aged 11-18 in full time education within Berkshire and there are three categories:

  • Instrumental/Classical Composition
  • Solo Singer/Songwriter Artist
  • Group Performance/Choir/Band

Entry is via YouTube upload of the song/music and the closing date for entries is 30 June 2017. The entries will be reviewed by a panel of judges and a live final will be held in Reading Town Hall on 10th October, World Mental Health Day.

Full terms and conditions can be found here.

The competition is part of a wider Brighter Berkshire campaign to make 2017 a year of collective community activity and positively impact the lives of people in Berkshire affected by issues linked to mental health.


Brighter Berkshire is working with Berkshire Community Foundation to raise money and build a fund which will support local projects and initiatives year on year for areas we identify throughout the year as having positive benefits for the mental health of the Berkshire population.

Princess Beatrice, Patron for Berkshire Community Foundation is supporting this initiative.

The Facts

1 in 10 children and young people from ages 5-16 suffer from a diagnosable mental health disorder – that is around three children in every class.

Between 1 in every 12 and 1 in 15 children and young people deliberately self-harm.

Over the last ten years, the number of young people being admitted to hospital because of self harm has increased by 68%.

More than half of all adults with mental health problems were diagnosed in childhood. Less than half were treated appropriately at the time.

Nearly 80,000 children and young people suffer from severe depression 

Over 8,000 children aged under 10 years old suffer from severe depression


72% of children in care have behavioural or emotional problems – these are some of the most vulnerable people in our society 


95% of imprisoned young offenders have a mental health disorder. Many of them are struggling with more than one disorder 

The number of young people aged 15-16 with depression nearly doubled between the 1980s and the 2000s

The proportion of young people aged 15-16 with a conduct disorder more than doubled between 1974 and 1999

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