Mental Health In The Music Industy

Around one in four workers are affected by conditions like depression, anxiety and stress every year. 

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Around one in four workers are affected by conditions like depression, anxiety and stress every year.

Here are some organisation that work specifically with the music industry to support creatives, crew and executives with their mental health:

British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM)BAPAM are an organisation representing clinical specialists, who deliver expert health and wellbeing services for those working in the performing arts. They can connect you to a mental health professional and offer free training sessions and workshops. The website also features a directory and resources.

Help Musicians’ Music Minds Matter: Help Musicians has a service called Music Minds Matter, which is a free 24/7 helpline. If you work in music and are struggling to cope you can use the service to access an accredited counsellor who will offer emotional support, advice and information. There are also a range of resources available on the website, including videos, a directory, and guides.

Music Industry Therapists Collective (MITC)MITC are a collective of therapists with an abundance of experience of working within and around the music industry in various roles across all sectors. They offer individual, couples and group psychotherapy from registered, insured and highly trained music industry clinicians. They also have a free Guide to Anxiety and Self Isolation, while psychotherapist and ex-booker Tamsin Embleton has written a helpful book, Touring and Mental Health – The Music Industry Manual.

Music Support: Music Support provides help and support to peers who work in music and live events that have been affected by mental ill-health and/or addiction. They promote early intervention through support services, education and workshops. They also have a helpline that’s open Monday – Friday: 09:00 – 17:00..

Tonic Rider: Tonic Rider provide training and support to music industry professionals. They have a bursary for those who may not be able to afford courses. They also have a range of helpful resources on various mental health issues.

PRS Members’ Fund: PRS Members’ Fund can support members with their mental health and wellbeing, through our bespoke partnership with Music Minds Matter.  Members of PRS for Music of seven years or more, or £500 in royalty earnings, can access free one-to-one counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy and other services.  Just let them know you are a PRS member.

Other: The Musician’s Union have a selection of resources. Visit the Musician’s Union Mental Health Resources page.