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Lamp held an open mic night at Firebug in Leicester on 24 July. Lamp fundraising intern and organiser, Abi Willock said: “It all went really well! We had ten performers – three musicians, the rest were poets and spoken word artists. They included: Joseph McCarthy, Tony Rice, Rob Mason, Prince Acquah, Jackie Tran, JC Whatson, Kiara Whatson, Ellie Spirrett, Molly lambert and Kyle Coare. We raised just short of £200 and feedback was all positive.

“Poetry included topics of feminism, mental health, autism, grief and love. It was really refreshing to see the evening bring together a community of performers and give people a voice to express themselves, especially as that is what Lamp is all about really. The musicians were also fantastic, two of them performed songs that they had written themselves, they sang about friendship and optimism and their songs were thought provoking and joyous.

“The atmosphere of the evening was lovely, and everyone was very generous in their support of Lamp.”

Lamp Advocate, Ellie Spirrett performing her poetry at Lamp's Open Mic Night 2023

Kiara Whatson, performing a poem about autism at Lamp's Open Mic Night 2023

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Every Day Life Tips

Every day life tips to help give you a healthier mental state. This tips provided by Lamp will help you to prevent and potential mental health issues.

Stop multitasking

Eating your lunch while sending emails may not seem too dangerous, but multitasking has actually been shown to make us more stressed. Instead, focus on the one thing you’re doing and what’s going on around you.

Take time out from your digital devices

Smartphones, tablets and laptops can overstimulate our brains, and if you never take any time out from them, you won’t be doing your mental health any favours. Take a mini digital detox every week, even for just half a day or a couple of hours.

Make time for yourself

Between friends, family and work, keeping everyone happy can mean you neglect yourself and never have any me-time. Make time to be alone and do things for yourself, as this helps keep anxiety and depression at bay.


Exercising three times a week decreases your risk of being depressed by 19 per cent, according to a study by University College London. Researchers found that active people are less likely to be depressed and depressed people are less likely to be active.

Get a good night’s sleep

Research shows that you’re more likely to succeed at your tasks and enjoy greater well-being if you sleep for the recommended length of time. Studies have also shown that a lack of sleep can mean there is a greater risk of having depression and anxiety.

Talk to someone you feel comfortable with

Taking about a problem or issue you have can be difficult to begin with. However, when you share these things with other people, not only can they lend you an ear whilst offering advice and support, it can often help alleviate some of your distress.

Get involved in an activity

This can be a great way to help focus your mind on something you find enjoyment out of. This could be pottery, painting, sewing, going to a social meet up or walking.


Volunteering can provide a positive environment for you to be active, valued, and learning new skills. Research shows that learning new things, working with others, and helping others are key contributors to improved wellbeing and mental health.

Write a diary

Documenting your days can help in regards to letting out your feelings. This is a good method for when you feel that you either don’t have anyone you feel you can talk to, or it can help when you do decide to converse with someone. This method can also help show yourself that there are “good days” too. If you struggle to find things to fill your diary with, try noting all the things you are grateful for.

Learn something new

When picking up a new hobby, you tend to put your all in to doing it. This will not only get your mind working but it can serve as a nice way to fill up your time. People who spend their time learning new things past child show greater overall wellbeing and better abilities coping with stress, according to the NHS.


Multiple studies show that having strong social ties with people can decrease your risk for depression, improve your physical health, and even lengthen your lifespan, according to Harvard Health.

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