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World Mental Health Day 2017 – ‘You are not alone’

We all work in a busy, social industry, yet all of us know what it’s like to feel alone. To be surrounded by friends, colleagues, fans, people you admire or people who admire you; yet to feel like you’ve got nobody to turn to when things go wrong. To be the life and soul of the party, yet to feel isolated and on your own once the party stops.

Music Support wants to celebrate World Mental Health Day 2017 by promoting one simple message to everybody in the music industry: you are not alone.

It doesn’t matter what part of the industry you work in, whether you’re struggling with drugs or alcohol addiction, anxiety or depression, stress or suicidal thoughts, whether you’re looking to take the first steps into recovery or whether you just need to talk to somebody after a particularly difficult day. You are not alone.

Music Support exists because nobody in the music industry with an addiction or mental health problem should suffer alone. Our helpline is the first of its kind in the UK, staffed entirely by people from the music industry and tailored specifically for people in the music industry who are struggling with addictions or mental health issues, and it operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

‘I’d never have dreamed of going to an AA meeting alone, I’d never have the network of friends I do now that are sober and growing alongside me, and ultimately I believe I’d still be on the same path, with the same inevitable conclusion, if it wasn’t for making contact with Music Support when I did.’ – Artist

We have already helped people from all areas of the music industry address serious issues in their lives. In some cases we have referred callers directly to clinical assessment and care. We will only ever signpost or refer callers to mental health professionals who we have personally vetted and most of the clinicians we work with have a deep and comprehensive understanding of the industry. We will always work to keep in touch with everybody who contacts us looking for support.

‘This is an essential resource for the music industry where mental illness is often kept behind closed doors with sometimes devastating effects.’ – Artist Manager

However, our ability to give back to the music industry relies upon our ability to maintain and grow our services. On October 10th we are asking everybody in the music industry to stop and take an active step towards improving positive mental health across the industry.

By making a donation to Music Support on World Mental Health Day you will be taking that step. You will be helping to ensure that there is always somebody at the end of the phone, ready to take the call of anybody in the music industry who needs us. You will be helping to ensure that nobody in the music industry has to suffer alone.

To donate to Music Support please visit our campaign page or text MUSIC to 70660 to donate £5.

Music Support is here for you. You are not alone.

Campaign Video: Cathal Smyth – You’re Not Alone

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