Welcome to Seed Sessions

Who We Are And Why

Seed Sessions supports young male musicians through music and counselling sessions.

Seed Sessions is named in memory of Toby Seed (11.02.88 – 04.10.18), a wonderfully gifted musician who sadly took his own life. The name has also been chosen to remind us of the potential within each individual and the growth that can be achieved with the appropriate nurture and care.

  • Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 45
  • Musicians are 3 times more likely to experience anxiety or depression than the general public
  • We lack positive male role models who are comfortable expressing themselves emotionally
  • Many people face financial barriers to accessing professional help

What We Do and How

For the public benefit to relieve the needs of young, male identifying, emerging musicians who are experiencing or who are at risk of experiencing poor mental health by:

Supporting such musicians to access talking therapy

Our participants receive fortnightly counselling sessions with qualified, experienced local therapists. Our therapists are Cory Stewart and Tim Anderson.

Enabling such musicians to obtain mentoring support and development their music-making as a healthy practice.

Our participants receive monthly musical coaching sessions. On our mentor team are: Mark Crown, Ferg Ireland, Steve Pringle, Matt Roberts, Samson Jatto, Joe Newman and Mitch Jones. They also receive studio time at the amazing dBs Pro Studio in central Bristol.

Raising public awareness, promoting understanding and challenging negative stigma and discrimination in relation to mental health.

Our Impact

Participant Outcomes

  • Applied use of empathy over logic
  • Implemented consistent hard work
  • Built routines
  • Gained understanding of “male” perspective
  • Grown within safe space to make mistakes
  • Learned proactive grounding techniques for stressful situations
  • Improved organisation
  • Improved musical skills
  • Gained a feeling of connection and belonging
  • Heightened feeling of satisfaction, productivity, bettering oneself

Issues We Address

  • Confidence
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Addiction and substance abuse
  • Eating disorders
  • Self harm
  • Abuse
  • Neglect
  • Grief
  • Gender identity
  • Broken family relationships

Our participants describe our work as:

supportive, empowering, compassionate, pivotal, motivating, impactful, tender, nurturing and understanding.