YOU ARE NOT ALONE

 

There are mental health resources all over the world available for those who need help. Many of us have experienced the damage done by the pressures of this industry even some of the greatest minds. From Avicii and Mac Miller to Jimi Hendrix and Amy Winehouse, these issues can hit any individual in any layer of this industry.

 

Through de-stigmatizing the way we talk about mental health, we can reassure those suffering from it that they can feel comfortable asking for help when they need it. So they can reach out without judgement and move forward with confidence.

 

Never be afraid to ask for help. We are here.

Eventwell

Eventwell is a registered community social enterprise set up to be the event industry’s charitable community and support service for mental health and wellbeing. Their website offers a helpline you can contact via email, text or WhatsApp

Stress Matters

Stress Matters is an events industry-specific workplace wellbeing organisation focused on generating insights, creating accountability and providing support. The website contains links to access to confidential ‘support circles’, running Wednesdays at 8.30pm on Zoom, providing an opportunity to listen, talk and support other industry colleagues. No registration is required: you can jump straight in using meeting ID 82595995950 and password 455098. Buddies Matter, meanwhile, is a free peer-to-peer support scheme for event professionals, particularly freelancers, with the aim of matching people together to provide mutual support.

 

Hub of Hope, Young Minds and The Mix are also worth checking out, with the latter pair offering support specifically focusing on young people under 25.

Music Support

Music Support is a registered charity founded and run by people from the UK music industry for individuals suffering from mental, emotional and behavioural health disorders (including, but not limited to alcohol and drug addiction). The current services offered are a helpline, 0800 030 6789, open Monday–Friday from 9am to 5pm; the Thrive app, for txt-based coaching; Mental Health First Aider (MHFA) training; and a weekly online 12-step support group meeting for industry peers in recovery from addiction.

Back Up Tech

Backup provides financial support to entertainment technology industry professionals who are seriously ill or injured or to their surviving family members. Grants are tailored to each individual and uses can include basic living costs, medical-related expenses, transportation, and funeral expenses.

BAPAM

The British Association for Performing Arts Medicine is a healthcare charity which gives medical advice to people working and studying in the performing arts. BAPAM helps workers overcome work-related health problems and is dedicated to sharing knowledge about healthy practice. BAPAM helps support musicians with free and confidential GP assessment clinics, and referrals to the best treatment available.

Help Musicians

Help Musicians is an independent UK charity for professional musicians offering a 24/7 helpline alongside health and welfare support. The helpline, Music Minds Matter (0808 802 8008) is available any time of day or night.

The Theatrical Guild

A UK charity for backstage and front-of-house workers with over 125 years’ experience helping people. The Theatrical Guild offer practical help at any stage of your career – from welfare and debt advice to financial support and counselling.

Mind

Mind provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. The organisation campaigns to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. Mind provides both an ‘Infoline’, which offers callers confidential help for the price of a local call, and a ‘Legal Line’, which provides information on mental health-related law to the public, service users, family members/carers, mental health professionals and mental health advocates.

Samaritans

Samaritans is a 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a week helpline for workers who are struggling to cope or need someone to listen without judgement or pressure. They can be contacted on 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org.

Calm

The Campaign Against Living Miserably (Calm) is leading a movement against suicide. Calm runs a free and anonymous helpline, seven days a week, 365 days a year, from 5pm to midnight. To speak to someone, call 0800 585858 or visit www.thecalmzone.net/help.

Sane

Sane is a leading UK mental health charity working to improve the quality of life for anyone affected by mental illness. Sane provides emotional support, guidance and information to anyone affected by mental illness, including families, friends and carers. You can leave a message on 07984 967 708, giving your first name and a contact number, and one of Sane’s professionals or senior volunteers will call you back as soon as practicable. You can also email Sane at support@sane.org.uk.

Silence The Shame

Silence the Shame is a nonprofit organization that focuses on education and awareness of mental health in this industry. They work tirelessly to eliminate the shame and stigma that comes with seriously addressing mental health.

 

Silence The Shame offers mental support and promotes mental well-being by providing public programs, informational resources and public outreach to do their part in supporting and normalizing the conversation surrounding mental health.

Sweet Relief Musicians Fund

Sweet Relief Musicians Fund provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians and music industry workers who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems. They provide services and financial assistance for career musicians, singers, composers and arrangers. Assistance is available to artists from any music genre located in the U.S. and Canada.

 

Read about Sweet Relief’s qualifying guidelines here.

The Wishart Group

The Wishart Group’s primary goal is to align artists with the leading scientists and advocates to capture public attention and direct that attention to creating specific and effective action within the industry. They’re an artist-led company dedicated to mental health and wellness in making professional music and art a viable and sustainable career for all.

 

As they work to build a community of musicians, supporters and media who can advocate about mental health safely and knowledgeably, The Wishart Group is minimizing the stigma surrounding the way we talk about mental health in hopes of a better tomorrow.

MusiCares

MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares’ services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical, and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality. Additionally, MusiCares focuses the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues that directly impact the health and welfare of the music community.

Click here to learn more.

Backline

Backline connects music industry professionals and their families with mental health and wellness resources–streamlining access to a network of trusted organizations and care providers that specifically understand this line of work.

 

Backline Case Management is still available during the COVID-19 crisis. Their case managers will work one-on-one with you to provide you with the resources you need to keep going.

Click here to connect with a case manager.

We Rise LA

We Rise LA is an epic pop-up arts & wellness initiative bringing together movers & shakers to spark a national discourse on mental healthcare as a civil right. Free for all ages and to the public with over 80 hours of programming with panels and workshops, a full-fledged We Rise Art Gallery, Community Stage welcoming artists like Common and Kehlani, and an Art Lab to commune and turn ideas into action. The festival and gallery is open until June 10 – so make sure to show your support and cruise over before it’s wrapped.

Nuçi’s Space

Nuçi’s Space's vision is to end the epidemic of suicide and to inspire a culture free of the stigma attached to brain illnesses and its sufferers by supporting a community-wide effort that focuses on education, prevention and access to appropriate treatment. With a focus on musicians, Nuçi’s Space advocates for and helps to alleviate the suffering for those living with a brain illness and fights to end the stigma of mental illness.

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 charity has provided help, support and opportunities to empower musicians at all stages of their lives. Their mission is to create a sustainable future for all musicians and the industry and works in partnership to transform the music industry through advocacy, campaigning, programs and targeted investment for all those within it.

 

In 2016, Help Musicians UK commissioned the University of Westminster and MusicTank to undertake the largest known study into the working conditions of musicians.