The leading UK charity for professional musicians, Help Musicians UK has announced the launch of a new helpline named, Music Minds Matter. It’s a 24/7 helpline for anyone in the music community seeking help or emotional support.
Mental health is one of the most important issues the music industry is facing right now. Help Musicians UK helps to transform the music industry through advocacy, campaigning, solutions and targeted investment for all those within it.
The charity carried out research with MusicTank and the University Of Westminster, looking at how a career in the music industry could impact on a person’s mental health. Its new service merges “advice, signposting, clinical pathways and professional therapeutic services, including counselling and cognitive behavioural therapy”, and that “uniquely, the service also provides access to the charity’s grant funding, and individuals may also access advice on legal issues, debt and benefits”.
Help Musicians boss Richard Robinson said: “Music Minds Matter is a first for the British music industry and the biggest ever undertaking by HMUK. We are earmarking just under £1 million over the next four years, and we fully expect the service to grow and evolve. It is also important to underline that early intervention is key in this service. This is not just for individuals in crisis, it is so much more and provides comprehensive support on a range of issues. In time we will look to add additional regional capabilities and services, as well as global partnerships, to really make a difference to those that need it most and future-proof our music industry to be as healthy and successful as it can be”.
For more information on Music Minds Matter go to musicmindsmatter.org.uk. For help and emotional support you can call 0808 802 8008 free of charge, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Music Minds Matter. It’s a 24/7 helpline