It’s currently Mental Health Awareness Week (May 8th to 14th) and Frank Hamilton is a strong supporter, stating ‘there is no one-size- fits-all approach to treating mental health problems, but awareness, discussion and education will make us all better human beings’. On his new single ‘More or Less’ taken from album Songs To Make Life Slightly Less Awkward, Frank opens up about his own mental health and depression. We found out more.
There’s no shame in opening up about your problems and chances are you’ll get a warm, supportive response. If for some reason you don’t get that, then talk to someone else!
Tell us about your experiences with mental health. Why is Mental Health Awareness Week so important to you?
It’s something I’ve wanted to speak about for a while, but sadly it’s still a difficult subject to broach. Thankfully Mental Health Awareness Week has given me the opportunity and platform to say something, but I hope the conversation continues and intensifies long beyond this week - there’s still a lot of work to do.
Your single ‘More or Less’ is about mental health and depression. When did you write it and how is it personal to you?
I wrote it a couple of years ago and it’s one of, if not the most personal song I’ve ever released. Needless to say I was in a pretty dark place when I wrote it. Curtains closed, microwave meals, living in a dressing gown. The song is about my relationships - with music, girls and myself - and at the time of writing I was convinced it would be the last track on the last album I ever made (which might still be true but let’s hope not).
What kind of response do you hope viewers and listeners will have to ‘More or Less’?
Oh, I don’t know. I hope they like it (obviously). But most of all I hope they take a moment to reflect on the wider debate surrounding mental health - and maybe even join in.
Do you feel the awareness of mental health is improving?
Definitely! I’m glad be alive in a time when there’s so much information and support available… but, that said, we’ve still got a mighty long way to go. Everything’s still quite reactive - and my wish to live in a world where we speak about our mental health as candidly as we do our physical health might have to wait a while.
Do you have any advice for those suffering mental health issues, or helping others to get through theirs?
First things first, go easy on yourself and don’t expect too much too soon. You’re human - which means you’re literally designed to eat, sleep and fuck - but the 21st century demands more than that - much more than that.
Secondly, talk to someone. Please. There’s no shame in opening up about your problems and chances are you’ll get a warm, supportive response. If for some reason you don’t get that, then talk to someone else!
Thirdly, knowledge is power - and none more so than when it comes to mental health. There’s no ‘one size fits all’ cure, but there are many different schools of thought - all of which you can find online - so find what works for you and get to know yourself a little better in the process.
Watch the video for ‘More or Less’ on YouTube below. For Frank Hamilton news and tour dates visit frankhamilton.co.uk.