Three Minute Heroes

Students from Withernsea High School have found themselves in the national limelight through their involvement in a mental health campaign led by a Hull-based youth project.

The Three Minute Heroes campaign, run by The Warren, supports young people by encouraging them to use creative writing and music to talk openly, confidently and safely about what’s on their mind.

Throughout the last academic year, a team of creatives from The Warren have worked in partnership with schools around Hull and East Yorkshire including, St Mary’s College, Malet Lambert and Withernsea High, to help young people express their feelings through creative writing. The finished results were given to bands and solo artists from across the region who then set about writing music to accompany the lyrics with the aim of releasing a compilation album of powerful songs that offer an authentic voice for young people.

The team from The Warren visited Withernsea earlier in the year where they held a workshop for around 20 students. Led by creative writing tutors, counsellors and music volunteers, the session was a great success and the students greatly benefited from the experience. 

While all students submitted some excellent writing, two students in particular impressed the team with their lyrics. The students, who wish to remain anonymous, have subsequently had their song ‘Bed Mood’ recorded by Hull-based duo Serial Chiller who have crafted a catchy pop-punk song around their lyrics. 

The Three Minute Heroes album was released on Friday 31st March with ‘Bed Mood’ regarded as one of the album’s highlights. In May, the duo – along with film maker Jody Moore, visited the school to shoot a promo video for the song. The one-take video features a number of Withernsea students helping the band move their equipment as they perform in various locations around the school, including the Sports Hall, the foyer and outside in the playground.


Since the release of the album, Bed Mood has been given national exposure on Kerrang Radio, BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 6 Music.

Serial Chiller performed the track live at The Albemarle in Hull on Saturday 6th May as part of the BBC Radio 1 Academy Showcase and four days later, a recording of their performance was played by Hew Stephens on the station.

The promo video for the track also made its way on to national TV with an appearance on the popular Channel 4 weekend programme ‘Sunday Brunch’ on Sunday 18th June.

JJ Tatten, manager of The Warren Youth Project, said: 'This brilliant initiative gives young people a truly authentic voice that simply asks the adult world to really listen to them.
'It isn't somebody's interpretation of what's bothering them – it is actually their own words. The support we've had from the community of Hull to make this happen has been incredible.'

The Three Minute Heroes album is available to stream and purchase from the following link:

ABOVE AND BELOW: Students take part in the filming of the Promo Video in May 2017.

ABOVE: The promo video is shown on Channel 4's Sunday Brunch