My research this year has led me towards the study of toxic stress which involves the buildup of adrenaline after live shows and can result in depression.
A year ago, I was reading for my dissertation and came across the paper, “Can Music Make You Sick?” It was a study co-produced by Help Musicians UK based on the link between musicians and depression.
This was the first time I had read anything that made sense and validated my own experiences of being a musician. It was a fantastic study that laid bare the realities and struggles facing musicians on a day-to-day basis.
The Music Minds Matter initiative was set up as a result of the study and gives musicians a support service in the form on an around the clock helpline. Although the service is based on music, support is available for all members of the music industry, with not only musicians being able to phone in, but touring crew and management as well – all who might need a helping hand at times.
This kind of service is important to our industry as there aren’t many lines of support out there. It is a front-line service that is there to help, not judge.
Help Musicians UK is marking the one year anniversary of Music Minds Matter (4 December) with a dedicated hashtag, #MMM1YearOn. Over the past two weeks, we’ve shared some reflections & thoughts on the service so far from our friends, partners, collaborators and supporters across the industry.Back