St Andrews Student Raises Awareness of Mental Health

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A student studying at St Andrews is using his forthcoming 21st Birthday in February to highlight mental health issues in young adults after two former pupils from Madras College took their lives earlier in the year.

Lewis Hazel is organising a charity concert (#GIG21) that will take place on the 16th February at St Andrews University’s Younger Hall.Funds raised will be used to support the charities Breathing Space and Touched by Suicide Scotland.

Lewis says;

“I know how hard it can be striving to do your best and be the best and the pressure this puts on all young people. Sadly in Scotland suicide, particularly in young men, is on the rise according to the statistics I have seen. I hope what I am doing will go some way to support those affected and help those charities trying to make a real difference to those directly affected.”

A fund raising page has been established seeking donations that will be split 50/50 between both charities.

Lewis added;

“My hope would be that we reach £21,000, a significant amount, as it’s my age, the age of the boys we have lost and an incredible amount that could make a real difference. But it’s not really about any target – it’s about making sure people are aware of the issues surrounding mental health.”

Further Information

Breathing Space:
Touched by Suicide Scotland:
Fund Raising page:
Further Reading:

Photography Credits: Kenny Smith (

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