Help Musicians UK is marking World Mental Health Day tomorrow (10 October) with a social media campaign that aims to help raise awareness of the Music Minds Matter service, as well as the emotional importance of music.
The UK music charity will highlight its around the clock, dedicated support line and service for the music industry, Music Minds Matter, by inviting people to share the music that ‘matters’ to them using the #MyMusicMindMatters hashtag.
Supporters taking part include Nina Nesbitt, ECKOES, Carly Wilford, The BPI, Music Venue Trust, Emika, Amanda Maxwell (Boiler Room/ shesaid.so) and more.
Recent statistics from the Music Minds Matter service found that nearly three in four people who called the free phone line were in need of a listening ear and advice on a range of issues, from relationships to money worries.
The service was launched in December 2017 and combines advice, signposting, clinical pathways and professional therapeutic services, including counselling and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
PRS for Music members can access the full range of Music Minds Matter’s support, as well as access to HMUK’s grant giving service.
James Ainscough, interim chief executive of HMUK said: ‘Music Minds Matter is there not just for times of crisis, but most commonly it serves a crucial purpose as a listening ear – underlining the spectrum of support that is needed by many who work in the music industry.
‘By launching the #MyMusicMindMatters campaign and announcing our diverse range of partnerships, HMUK continues to keep mental health high on the agenda, raise awareness of the support available and encourage positive and lasting change.’
Dr Pete Glenister, PRS for Music Members Benevolent Fund trustee added: ‘At the PRS for Music Members Benevolent Fund, we have long supported beneficiaries through periods of physical illness. Our new collaboration with Help Musicians UK provides mental health support through their new service, Music Minds Matter.
‘Music Minds Matter will help point members towards appropriate treatment and support and if necessary, fund that treatment and support. We hope this collaboration will give members the tools they need to help themselves going forward.’
Those needing help and emotional support can call 0808 802 8008 free of charge, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
To get involved on 10 October, you can share (via any means: link, screenshot, written text) a song that matters to you along with the #MyMusicMindMatters hashtag and the ‘We believe Music Minds Matter’ graphic, illustrating the helpline number and email address.