The Vamps: James Brittain-McVey EP takes on mental health

The 29-year-old has previously shared his experience of body dysmorphia, which is covered in debut EP Manabi.

“It’s important we acknowledge just how deep rooted these issues can become,” he tells BBC Newsbeat.

His first gig sees him supporting mental health charity Mind for their Music On Our Minds series.

The singer and guitarist also says mental health has “been an integral theme” in his songwriting.

“Feeling either immense highs or immense lows, and not really having a middle ground,” he says.

“I think that is what it’s all about. That’s kind of a key to success for me.”

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Umairah also recommends, if you’re concerned about a loved one, to start a sensitive conversation with them.

“We know that the earlier that someone accesses treatment, the sooner they can make a full recovery,” she says.

“And to get to that stage, there’s often needs to be a conversation.”

“A big thing I’ve learned is remembering that life and mental health is not linear or predictable.

“It’s about learning how to manage the twists and turns and also being in tune with yourself.”


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