Among the thousands of music channels on YouTube there is one like no other. Imlonely started as a musical diary for one person but became a mental healthhttps://www.bbc.com/news/disability-55588880
community providing support to thousands of young people going through their toughest times.
“What I’d name them actually is family,” says Hunter, of the people who follow his
YouTube channel. “They feel like they’re part of something.”
Hunter, 23, from Wales, has anxiety and started to remix popular tracks and upload them to his channel depending on how he felt at the time.
“I just started it as a mood board for myself,” he says. “My taste in music has always been based on feeling rather than genre.”
But what started as a “hobby” rapidly grew. His mixes started to accumulate millions of views and hundreds of thousands of people subscribed to his channel,
mostly aged between 13 and 24.
Sometimes his tracks created a relaxed mood like his mix of Best Part by Daniel Caesar while his Ariana Grande mix was uplifting – it was viewed seven
People started to comment on his videos about how the songs resonated with them, sharing how they felt, and providing support to each other.