there's a new 24/7 mental health support line especially for the music industry
Sometimes channeling emotions into your art isn’t enough.
Mental health in the music industry has, quite rightly, been a hot topic of conversation for the past few years . Announced back in July, independent charity Help Musicians UK have just launched an always-open mental health support line and service for the music industry. Technically, that already exists here and here. But to have someone who understands your particular strain of performance and tour-induced anxiety and depression that is becoming something of an endemic -- that's rare and completely ideal. Launched today, Music Minds Matter offers up emotional support, diagnosis, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and referrals to further treatment, totally levelling up Help Musicians UK's existing service of handing out grants for artists in need.
Back in 2016, Help Musicians UK commissioned the University of Westminster and MusicTank to undertake a huge study into the working conditions of musicians, called Can Music Make You Sick?. Results indicated that of the 2211 artists involved in the study, 71.1% had experienced panic attacks and 68.5% had experienced depression. These figures -- up to three times higher than that of the general public -- were noted as being down to everything from poor work/life balance and exhaustion to sexual harassment.
“With 96 years of experience, HMUK understands the complexity of working in music and recognises the need for support to reflect the nature and unique challenges those in the industry can face,” they explain on their website. “If you want someone to talk to, or even explore avenues for ongoing support, get in touch, anytime. We’re here to help.”
You heard them. Call Music Minds Matter free on 0808 802 8008