Need help navigating your life as a songwriter or composer? Struggling to conquer mental health issues? Get in touch with Music Minds Matter, a 24/7 support line especially for musicians.
The PRS for Music Members Benevolent Fund has just teamed up with Help Musicians UK to support the service, which offers free information, advice, listening, emotional support and signposting to additional services.
Artists, songwriters, composers and musicians can also access telephone or face-to-face counselling and specialist advice on debt, welfare benefits, even hearing loss, via the service. Those needing help and emotional support can call 0808 802 8008 free of charge, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Music Minds Matter was launched in response to the 2017 report, Can Music Make You Sick?, which found that musicians are three times more likely to experience depression than the general public.
Money worries, due to precarious and unpredictable pay, plus the juggling of many different jobs, can exacerbate the issue, with poor working conditions cited as a major issue. Elsewhere, the report found sexual abuse, bullying and discrimination may also be prevalent, with a musician’s working environment prone to being antisocial and unsympathetic.
Artist Nadine Shah said of the new initiative: ‘It’s about time we had a service that is always there for people, one that really caters to the myriad of mental health challenges and complexities that musicians and people in the music industry face. As someone that has experienced struggles of my own, I know how important it is to know that I could access help and support when I need it.’
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