The importance of looking after your mental health was the focus of a performance by an upcoming Indie band at St Thomas More Catholic Voluntary Academy in Buxton.

The Mercians performed for the whole school over two sessions and discussed the importance of looking after your mental health, who to talk to and how to be there for each other.

The band also spoke about discrimination and how to be careful online, not just with what you post but what you are engaging with. The overriding message from the talks was to always be kind and make the world a better place.

The Mercians have already sold out the O2 Leicester on their first headline tour date, have over half a million streams on Spotify and have been number 1 in the Alt Charts.

Harriet Lichfield, teacher at St Thomas More, said that having The Mercians perform in school was fantastic.

She said: “As a new member of staff it was so lovely to see this type of event taking place, where students are treated to some amazing music whilst key messages about mental health and wellbeing are part of the show. Students absolutely loved it- an event to remember.”

Cleona, a student at St Thomas More, said: “The Mercians were amazing. I enjoyed the fact they spoke about their own mental health problems. The music was fun to listen to and it was a great morning.”

“It was interesting to hear about how engagement online can possible affect your future opportunities and to be careful what posts you’re liking and sharing. Their song ‘Oxygen’ was really good and thought provoking”, said David, student.

Student Leo said: ‘I really liked the energy on stage and it was really nice to meet them and have a photo afterwards. I can see them being a really successful band.”

David Redfern, Headteacher at St Thomas More, said: “I am delighted that The Mercians could join us at St. Thomas More to impart such a significant message to our pupils. The children truly relished the experience, and I am confident that the band has gained numerous new fans. I extend my heartfelt thanks to Mrs Kerry Taylor and our wonderful Parent Association (FOSTM) for their invaluable support in making this event possible.”