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Mental health support line “Music Minds Matter” launches to support those within the music industry

Music 12 December 2017

Music mind matters

Music Minds Matter, a 24/7 mental health support line from Help Musicians UK, has launched in the UK with the aim of supporting people who work within the music industry who are suffering stress, anxiety and other mental health issues.

Help Musicians UK (HMUK) is the leading UK charity for professional musicians, assisting with continuous professional development, and assistance and help at crucial stages of musicians' careers. The helpline aims to offer professional therapeutic support, clinical pathways including CBT and counselling, and advice on debt and legal issues.

The support line has come about as a result of published research “Can Music Make You Sick?” carried out by MusicTank and researchers Sally-Anne Gross and Dr George Musgrave from the University of Westminster; commissioned by Help Musicians UK. It is the largest known academic study into mental health and the music industry. The research identified a need for professional mental health services that are affordable and easy to access for musicians.

Jonathan Robinson, Programme Director at MusicTank, said: “I am thrilled that this impactful research has resonated so positively across the music industry. I can't think of a better outcome for this research than informing the shape of a much-needed mental health service for music creatives.”

He also added: “As the research found, with musicians and music creatives up to three times more likely to experience mental health issues than the general population, this is a sector desperately in need of mental health support, which it now has thanks to Help Musicians UK.”

MusicTank works independently to provide cross industry research and open debate to provoke change within the evolving music industry. They organise events, focus on media commentary, research focused published papers and consultancy.

If you are in the music industry and require help and emotional support call 0808 802 8008 free of charge.

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