Opening up about mental health struggles can be incredibly difficult for adults, let alone for kids who may not even fully understand what they’re going through in the first place.
That’s why House of Swag Kids, an Irish children’s dance group, used their appearance on “Britain’s Got Talent” to remind their peers that “it’s OK not to be OK.”
The group is made up of dancers between 6 and 17 years old, “ranging from absolute beginners to international champions.”
As they took the stage together, they explained their incredible mission to judges Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon, and David Walliams. They learned these powerful messages from their dance studio, which wrote:
Seeing our own students be affected by topics such as mental health issues, suicide, bullying, we decided as mentors and teachers it was so important to educate ourselves on this topic and encourage and include it daily in our studio. We gave the kids a voice and helped them understand it’s OK to ask for help, it’s OK not to be OK, and you are not alone.
After their brief introduction, the kids got ready to perform! Moving with flawless synchronization, they told a story about navigating health struggles like anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders.
While the beginning was heavy, they ended on a powerful note by reminding everyone that, “We need to talk to each other. There’s people out there who will listen. Together we can make a change!”
What a beautiful message! The audience couldn’t resist cheering wildly for them before the judges voted them into the next round of the competition.
There is so much to admire about these young dancers, and their talent, resilience, and advocacy are just the beginning! We can’t wait to see all the great things they accomplish in the future!
Watch their emotional performance in the video below, and share this story to help House of Swag Kids raise awareness.
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