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Help Musicians launches online mental health resource

By | Published on Tuesday 10 May 2022

Help Musicians

Help Musicians has launched a new online mental health platform, providing information and links to sources of support, after seeing calls to its Music Minds Matter phone line increase by 34% this year.

The new website, called Music Minds Matter Explore, offers written and video content for musicians on a variety of mental health related subjects. Key topics include anxiety, performance anxiety and depression.

“Music and musicians bring us all enormous joy but as [our] numbers show, mental health needs within the music industry are continuing to rise”, says Joe Hastings, Head Of Music Minds Matter. “Music Minds Matter Explore has been launched to provide all those working in the sector with a new and additional form of help – adding to the range of services Help Musicians offers in this area”.

“We hope that those using the site will find information to understand their needs better, signposting to support available locally and nationally, plus knowledgeable and supportive voices”, he goes on. “The music landscape is ever-changing and we will continue to develop our mental health support for all those who work in music. Sadly, two years of COVID have seriously disrupted careers and we would encourage anyone struggling to get in touch and find the support they need”.

Claire Cordeaux, CEO of British Association Performing Arts Medicine, adds: “As the clinical partner of Help Musicians, BAPAM has been very proud to provide therapeutic support as part of Music Minds Matter to support the increasing demand for mental health support. Rates of poor mental health have always been high in the musician population and COVID has had a significant impact”.

“With increased financial pressures, lack of work opportunities and uncertainty about the future, many more musicians have been seeking help”, she continues. “Help Musicians have provided amazing support through the helpline and by supporting therapy”.

“This new website”, she goes on, “provides access to further resources and information which can support all musicians to find out more about services available both general and music industry-specific, self-care techniques and hear from experts about their specialist areas of mental health knowledge. Sadly, we expect the need for services to continue for some time and Help Musicians are really rising to this challenge”.

You can access Music Minds Matter Explore here. The Music Minds Matter phone line is available 24/7 on 0808 802 8008