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UK Music Recognises Important Work Happening In Music Industry On World Mental Health Day 

10.10.2023: On World Mental Health Day, UK Music’s Communication Manager Jennifer Geddes highlights some of the organisations in the music industry supporting mental health.  

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10.10.2023: On World Mental Health Day, UK Music’s Communication Manager Jennifer Geddes highlights some of the organisations in the music industry supporting mental health.  

The theme of this year’s World Mental Health Day is “mental health is a universal human right”. It’s a great reminder that we should all be taking our own and others’ mental health seriously.  

There are many reasons why working in the music industry can be challenging to someone’s wellbeing; there are the late nights, temporary contracts, and pressure to perform on and off the stage, to name a few.  

Here I want to shine a light on a few of the organisations that are working in the music industry to support our mental health.  

  • 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.  – helpmusicians.org.uk 
  • 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. – bapam.org.uk
  • 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. – musicsupport.org
  • 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. – tonicmusic.co.uk
  • 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 Manualmusicindustrytherapists.com 

These organisations do amazing work – if you’re not already familiar with them please take this opportunity to find out more. 

There are also many organisations that provide mental health support outside of the music industry and a list of some of these can be found on the Musicians’ Union website here.  

Having said all this, it’s important to recognise that some people still fall through the gaps in support. Collectively the music industry needs to identify the barriers to accessing support and take action.  

We can do more to highlight the services available, so the people who need it know it’s there. We can ensure we have policies in place to help workers who need support with their mental health. We can educate ourselves and our staff in understanding more about mental health issues and catch the warning signs of declining mental health in ourselves and in others.  

It would be fantastic if this World Mental Health Day we could all individually make a commitment to do at least one thing more to build a better, safer, more supportive industry. Mine is to do Mental Health First Aid training. Let us know what your commitment is at @UK_Music. 

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