A Leeds songwriter is urging people stop “suffering in silence” by donating proceeds of her debut single to two mental health charities.
Miranda Arieh, who lives in Meanwood, experienced mental health problems in her youth and accessed charities such as Leeds Mind which will benefit from her new release.
The 31-year-old overcame difficulties to eventually work for the charity, developing services across Yorkshire up until last year, but has now gone solo to follow her dream.
Having been inspired to take up music full-time by her late father Eliyahu, Miranda’s single ‘How Does it Feel’ was released in aid of Leeds Mind and the Time to Change Leeds initiative aimed at ending mental health stigma to mark the year anniversary of his death on Monday.
“I just think they are the cream of the crop of mental health charities both to work for and as a client,” she said.
“They live and breathe what they do. I think it’s really important, it’s a constant thing, not just the fundraising but the awareness and encouraging people to talk.”
Miranda said she had a difficult childhood, spending time in foster care, before getting to know her father seven years ago and striking up a bond.
Before his death, following a battle with skin cancer, he encouraged her to pursue music, so she released her album ‘Viva Vivacity’ at an event at Holbeck’s Grove Inn pub in March and has been gigging since.
She said: “I put my music on the back burner for a few years and got anxious when I was performing but I thought, ‘life’s too short’, and a few months later I wrote the song and said to myself, ‘it’s not too late’.”
It is believed that one in four people in the UK will experience mental health problems in the course of a year.
Miranda’s new single is available to download from her Bandcamp webpage for 79p. Visit mirandaarieh.bandcamp.com/track/how-does-it-feel-charity-single-for-mind-time-to-change.