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Andy's musical journey through depression to hope

Andy Gayle

January 28, 2011

Andy Gayle’s soulful saxophone is a relaxing antidote to a stressful day, but his music has helped him cope with his own depression.

Even though his career has already seen him progress from busking in Birmingham to touring with bands like The International Beat, The Specials and The Skatalites, Andy firmly believes his musical journey has only just begun.

Andy, who lives in Hockley and grew up in Handsworth, has now completed his third studio album, called The Healing Process with the support of our trust.  Despite his soothing soundtrack, the song titles reflect darker experiences that have coloured Andy’s life – domestic violence, heartbreak, poverty and depression. “From achieving ambitions like playing at the Crompton Arms, to travelling the world with the bands, and getting into the Guildhall School of Music, I must say this past year, making this album, has been the best of my life,” he said.

Andy, who has also played with well known jazz acts like Jazz Jamaica and Tomorrow’s Warriors at the Jazz Café in London, was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2006 following a nervous breakdown. He believes even this was fortuitous as it brought him in touch not just with our trust, but with the Handsworth home treatment team – and a CMHT worker called Marjorie. “She did things that a human being should, she would just sit and listen, she taught me so much about myself, “ explained Andy. “I kept telling her about all my ideas for music, for new albums, she helped me get in touch with the Arts Council, but she soon realised we were getting fobbed off. She then introduced me to Sue Turner and that’s when things really started to happen.”

The trust has supported Andy’s production of The Healing Process which was recorded at Rabanna studios in Birmingham last year.  Andy added: “This album is very reflective but it’s a new chapter, a new start. I’m still learning about who I am and making this album has really helped me – that’s why it’s called The Healing Process and I'm really proud of it.

“The message I want to get out is that it’s possible to come through the tough times, through the depression, if you share your problems, talk about them, talk to one another, because it does help.

“The past year has been the best of my life in terms of having hope and having a purpose to get up in the morning. I just hope what I’ve done will in some way help other people with mental health issues because I’ve been there, I know what they’re going through".

If you would like a copy of Andy's Cd The Healing Process, please fill out the form below and one of our team will be in contact shortly.  Alternatively, call Jacqui on 0121 301 1060 or email Jacqueline.Tame@bsmhft.nhs.uk.

CDs cost £7 each plus £1.72 UK postage.

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