In 2016 the Music and Depression campaign revealed their recent study showed that people working in the music industry are three times more likely to suffer from anxiety, depression and other mental health related problems. Music charity Help Musicians are stepping up and launching a new mental health service, Music Minds Matter.
Operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Music Minds Matter is a support line and service for the whole UK music community. The help line enables anyone to be listened to by an operator, get advice and potentially be pointed in the direction of further support if needed.
To access the service you can phone the help line on 0808 802 8008 or email MMM@helpmusicians.org.uk. Please note that the helpline is open 24 hours, seven days a week but the email address may take up to 48 hours for a reply.
Richard Robinson, CEO, HMUK highlighted: “Help Musicians UK is uniquely positioned as a charity to coordinate, lead and support those working in music with mental health challenges. With 96 years of experience, we understand the complexity of being a musician and recognise the need for support that reflects the nature of the business, whilst providing a personalised service tailored to each person we help.
“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. However, this can only happen in close consultation and collaboration with the music industry and those organisations already providing mental health support. This is why a fully engaged Music Industry Mental Health Taskforce is also a prerequisite and catalyst for real change and understanding.
“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 and the ‘Can Music Make You Sick?’ research visit https://www.musicmindsmatter.org.uk/