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Music and live events continue to be hit hard by the uncertainty, fear, isolation and financial consequences of the global pandemic. From musicians and DJ’s to promoters and crew, the way back is still very unclear, meaning our services are more important than ever. Music Support experienced a 60% increase in call volume to our Helpline during Covid 19 which clearly demonstrates how significantly our industry has been affected.  

We want to reinforce to our peers who work in music and live events that you are not alone. Music Support encourages prevention and early intervention to protect your mental health but, if required, we can provide effective and timely help to initiate and maintain recovery. 

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Find out more about Music Support and our services.

Click here for further information on our confidential Helpline. 

Click here to find out how you can become a Mental Health First Aider with Music Support.

Click here to apply to attend our Addiction & Recovery Workshop for FREE.

MUSIC MANAGER'S GUIDE TO MENTAL HEALTH

In collaboration with the Music Manager’s Forum we have compiled this very useful guide to mental health, specifically from the point of view of the music industry – written by people within the music industry in consultation with outside clinical experts.

ONLINE RESOURCES

Addiction

Amy Winehouse Foundation

Change Live Grow

Change Live Grow are a national health and social care charity based in the community. They can help you with challenges including drugs and alcohol, housing, justice, health and wellbeing.

If you want advice about how much you’re drinking and to get advice, follow the link to Change Live Grow’s (CGL) alcohol quiz.

When you’ve answered the questions, CGL will give you advice about alcohol and what to do next.

Alcohol Quiz

If you want advice about drugs and understanding your drug use , follow the link to CGL’s drug quiz.

When you’ve answered the questions, CGL will give you advice about drugs and what to do next.

Drug Quiz

Forward

The social enterprise that empowers people to break the cycle of crime or addiction to move forward with their lives.

Website: https://www.forwardtrust.org.uk/

Hestia

Providing support for those experiencing domestic abuse, modern slavery and mental health needs.

Website: https://www.hestia.org/

Phoenix Futures

A charity helping anyone affected by drug and alcohol problems.

Website: https://www.phoenix-futures.org.uk/

This Tour Life

This Tour Life is a site about the world of music touring. An advocate for a higher quality of life in the music touring industry.

Website: https://thistourlife.com/

WDP

A charity providing drug and alcohol treatment and recovery services in London, the South East and East of England.

Website: https://www.wdp.org.uk/

We Are With You

Get free, confidential support with alcohol, drugs or mental health from local services or online.

Website: https://www.wearewithyou.org.uk/

Mental Health

Anxiety UK

Charity providing support if you’ve been diagnosed with an anxiety condition.

Phone: 03444 775 774 (Mon-Fri, 9.30am-5.30pm)

Website: http://www.anxietyuk.org.uk

Bipolar UK

A charity helping people living with manic depression or bipolar disorder.

Website: http://www.bipolaruk.org.uk

CALM

The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is a charity dedicated to preventing male suicide, the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK.

Phone: 0800 58 58 58 (daily, 5pm-midnight)

Website: https://www.thecalmzone.net

Depression Alliance

Charity for sufferers of depression. Has a network of self-help groups.

Website: www.depressionalliance.org

Men’s Health Forum

24/7 stress support for men by text, chat and email.

Website: http://www.menshealthforum.org.uk

Mental Health Foundation

Provides information and support for anyone with mental health problems or learning disabilities.

Website: http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk

Mind

Promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems.

Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm)

Website: http://www.mind.org.uk

Musicians’ Union

The Young Freelancer’s Guide to Mental Health and the Music Industry looks at common challenges facing freelance musicians, strategies for meeting them, and how to access support.

No Panic

Voluntary charity offering support for sufferers of panic attacks and OCD. Offers a course to help overcome your phobia/OCD. Includes a helpline.

Phone: 0844 967 4848 (daily, 10am-10pm)

Website: http://www.nopanic.org.uk

OCD Action

Support for people with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Includes information on treatment and online resources.

Phone: 0845 390 6232 (Mon-Fri, 9.30am-5pm)

Website: http://www.ocdaction.org.uk

PAPYRUS

Young suicide prevention society.

Phone: HOPElineUK 0800 068 4141 (Mon-Fri,10am-5pm & 7-10pm. Weekends 2-5pm)

Website: http://www.papyrus-uk.org

Rethink Mental Illness

Support and advice for people living with mental illness.

Phone: 0300 5000 927 (Mon-Fri, 9.30am-4pm)

Website: http://www.rethink.org

https://www.release.org.uk/helpline (legal issues around drugs)

Samaritans

Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair.

Phone: 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline)

Website: http://www.samaritans.org.uk

SANE

SANEline: 0300 304 7000 (daily, 4.30-10.30pm)

Textcare: comfort and care via text message, sent when the person needs it most: http://www.sane.org.uk/textcare

Peer support forum: www.sane.org.uk/supportforum

Website: http://www.sane.org.uk/support

YoungMinds

Information on child and adolescent mental health. Services for parents and professionals.

Phone: Parents’ helpline 0808 802 5544 (Mon-Fri, 9.30am-4pm)

Website: http://www.youngminds.org.uk

INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATIONS

Australia Crew Care

CrewCare is an organisation of experienced men and women in the entertainment industry wanting to improve the care for all workers in the production and allied industries.

Website: https://crewcare.org.au/

Backline US

Connecting music industry professionals and their families with a trusted network of mental health and wellness providers.

Website: https://backline.care/

Canada Unison

A non-profit, registered charity that provides counselling and emergency relief services to the Canadian music community. 

Website: https://www.unisonfund.ca/

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.

Website: https://www.grammy.com/musicares

SIMS Foundation

The SIMS Foundation provides mental health and substance use recovery services and supports for musicians, music industry professionals, and their dependent family members. 

Website: https://simsfoundation.org/

Support Act

Support Act is Australia’s only charity delivering crisis relief services to artists, crew and music workers as a result of ill health, injury, a mental health problem, or some other crisis that impacts on their ability to work in music.

Website: https://supportact.org.au/

For further information on the current Covid 19 status please visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/