Imlonely: How a YouTube music channel became a mental health hub

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 health
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
million times.
People started to comment on his videos about how the songs resonated with them, sharing how they felt, and providing support to each other.

Published by charlesghose

Charles Ghose graduated the University Of Greenwich London with a BA in Communications and Media. His university life was very enriched by his very active participation in various University societies. Charles ran the gamut of campus student communities; he was involved with the Politics and Debate Societies, Students Union, and University Of Greenwich Choir, and chamber choir. Charles Ghose acts as an independent contractor working in the very lucrative Freelance Translator Field. He has been hired by various International Humanitarian NGO's, private corporations, and The Overseas Fellowship Mission. Charles has also lead workshops for employers on the theme of mindfulness training courses for the improvement of employee’s health and well-being. Charles is a strong believer that a happy work force adds to higher productivity and loyalty to a company by employees.

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