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Having a heavy metal son I have been to some of the best concerts I have ever experienced with his bands. The diversity within the genre is immense, the intensity and commitment of the bands is admirable and their support for each other and the scene a real support for all of them.
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The question is whether it is heavy metal music played endlessly that impacts on young people's mental health and resilience, or are we talking about young people at risk that may gravitate to any cultural form that either reinforces or triggers existing mental health issues?
Goth culture, or metal, punk, rap or indeed any style or scene may be difficult to understand from outside, but from within it is shaped by the audience and provides a sense of identity and place, even peer support and resilience, especially to young people at risk.
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