In a groundbreaking new project, UK-based music charity ‘Help Musicians UK’ is launching a 24/7 service for musicians struggling with mental health issues. ‘Music Minds Matter’ will combine “signposting, clinical pathways and professional therapeutic services, including counselling and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT),” according to a press release from the charity.
Key features of the service include:
- Listening and professional emotional support
- Support and advice in getting assessed and receiving a diagnosis
- Signposting to services that can support issues around mental health, addiction, eating disorders, sexual harassment, and homelessness
- CBT, counselling, advice on debt, welfare benefits and legal issues
- Key links to the charity’s Health & Welfare grants
Artist Nadine Shah said:
“I would like to give my passionate, wholehearted support to Help Musicians UK and the new Music Minds Matter mental health service. The music industry is in such need of a service like this. It’s about time we had a service that is always there for people, one that really caters to the myriad of mental health challenges and complexities that musicians and people in the music industry face. As someone that has experienced struggles of my own, I know how important it is to know that I could access help and support when I need it. It means so much, thank you HMUK.”
Richard Robinson, CEO, HMUK added:
“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.”
Those who are in need of help and emotional support are advised to call 0808 802 8008 free of charge, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Learn more about the service here.