Hundreds of lives saved thanks to free mental health services provided by ‘The Road to Nashville’, a global music project


The Road To Nashville – Liverpool International Song Contest

NASHVILLE, TN, USA, July 13, 2022 / — Many unidentified and untreated mental illness issues are making headlines globally. From mass shootings, depression, divorces, suicide, hate crimes and child abuse, humanity is suffering, especially after Covid. In response to this acute need, The Road to Nashville – Liverpool International Song Contest (TRTN-L) is offering free access to professional mental health advice to anyone applying for this songwriting initiative under the TUFF umbrella. , The Unity of Faiths Foundation. TRTN-L is the latest program developed by renowned British psychologist Dr. Shamender Talwar, co-founder of TUFF and Dr. Vandana Duggal MD, vice president of TUFF USA to help humanity and encourage mental health, happiness and world unity.

Launched in May (Mental Health Month) via a partnership between the city councils of Nashville, TN and Liverpool, UK, the program has already seen over 732 musicians seek advice (16% of participating songwriters) , access pragmatic tools and pro bono advice. Impacting across borders, language, race, musical genres and cultural barriers, this TUFF-founded initiative received 4,862 songs from 4,385 artists. 23 countries are represented, 546 candidates are already receiving advice and 186 others are on board with providers who best meet their personal advice needs.

“Mental illness is the new pandemic. As Covid-19 spread across the globe, we saw connection and community fade from our lives overnight as we had to shelter in place to reduce rates of transmission. What we missed when our day-to-day interactions changed so drastically were the long-term impacts of that change. Mental health practices and equitable access to these therapies are imperative if we are to return to kindness , safety and security. We are so grateful to be able to support these musicians and songwriters through the help of amazing partners. Fortunately, with the additional resources, we are able to extend our timeframe. to hopefully save more lives. And, we can’t thank the artists who stepped up to share their own stories and struggles.” – Dr. Vandana Duggal MD, Vice President of TUFF USA

The TRTN-L initiative is currently reviewing submissions through August 31 at The top ten finalists will perform live in front of judges in Nashville at the legendary EXIT/IN on John Lennon’s birthday, October 9, 2022, and the winner will perform at the famed Liverpool Cavern Club, home of big names in music, including the Beatles.

Headliners and household names in the country music community weighed in on the importance of TUFF and the mental health initiative to TRTN-L. This particular community has recently suffered the heartbreaking impact of mental illness with the tragic deaths of Naomi Judd, recently inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, and award-winning songwriter Tom T. Hall.

“The subject of mental illness is front and center all over the world. There’s nothing explainable about fame and being the center of attention. Whether it’s an actor, a musician or a politician, just being famous doesn’t offer protection against mental illness. In fact, fame may be doing the exact opposite, exposing vulnerability as a trap. You can’t let Everyone walk in and you can’t let yourself out. You’re surrounded and yet alone. I have some good friends who accept me for who I’m not just what I do. It makes a huge difference. humanity must approach mental illness with an open heart and mind.-Gary Morris

Along with his endorsement, Gary made a generous donation to TUFF to support their increased efforts.

“I didn’t really understand the challenges that come with mental health issues until Covid hit and found myself dealing with depression and anxiety. It’s really important that we continue to talk about how stress affects so many of us and the need to provide everyone with people to talk to and places to go for help. -Michelle Wright

“Life can certainly be great on its peaks, but it also has its challenges and its valleys along the way, no matter who you are or what you do. No one is left out. we all need and seek it. Talking about the lows can be difficult and vulnerable, but it can also be liberating when you realize that we can all be affected in some way. Whatever brings us to a conversation about mental health is a staple in our world. I fully support and see the beauty of this process. We will all be better for ourselves and for humanity by asking for help when needed. I believe that TRTN-L is perfect for including mental health services for anyone who needs them and it’s a good thing to see!” – Tim Rushlow, formerly of Little Texas, currently on The Frontmen

The Road to Nashville is teaming up with the following partners to showcase and support our 2022 competitors:

• Liverpool City Council
• Nashville and Davidson County Metropolitan Government
• Visit the city of music
• Hall of Fame and Museum of Musicians
• Exit/Entry
• SAE Institute
• The Cavern Club of Liverpool
• Middle Tennessee State University
• Country Music Association
• Doorman call
About TUFF – the co-organizer

The Unity of Faiths Foundation (TUFF) is a British secular charity active on four continents. TUFF connects community sectors, organizations and government in rebuilding social integration and global community cohesion.

TUFF also empowers young people through their participation in sports, music and science. Teaching education in human values, acceptance of integration, individual freedom, gender equality, understanding, respect for other cultures, rule of law and democracy. TUFF was established in 2011 and enjoys the support and recognition of many dignitaries including HH Pope Francis, HM The Queen and President Barack Obama, to name a few. The ultimate goal is to share kindness and facilitate the integration and empowerment of those people who have no voice, due to the many challenges and obstacles they face in their daily lives.

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