The 2018 Mental Health Awareness Week theme is Stress: Are We Coping?
Now more than ever, stress is a challenge affecting musicians and those in the music industry. In HMUK’s ‘Can Music Make You Sick?’ research, the results found that stress affected the majority of musicians, with over 70% experiencing high levels of anxiety and even panic attacks.
As part of the national spotlight on mental health this week – HMUK, with its 97 years of experience of supporting musicians at every stage in their career, is raising awareness of the dedicated support available to musicians and music industry professionals, by highlighting some lesser known aspects of the Music Minds Matter service:
- It’s more than just a support line. The Music Minds Matter service, which launched in December 2017, is the industry’s most comprehensive service yet. Available 24/7, it provides emotional support, advice, signposting, clinical pathways and even professional therapeutic services.
- The service is free and you could even access grants. We know from our research that musicians can struggle to access affordable professional mental health support, but our #MusicMindsMatter service is completely free, including counselling. There could even be access to a variety of health and welfare grants.
Christine Brown, Director of External Affairs and Business Development said:
“Mental Health Awareness Week is a reminder of the critical need to do more to tackle stress and improve the mental health of what has become the many, not the few. HMUK continues to advocate for the industry’s long-term health and wellbeing, it is the core of why the charity exists and why Music Minds Matter, the music industry’s first dedicated mental health service was created. We hope by highlighting the breadth and scale of what the Music Minds Matter service offers, we can reach and make a difference to more individuals in need. The service is also for those close to individuals struggling with their mental health, who are seeking help and advice at times of crisis or otherwise.”