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Sources of support and advice

On this page you will find information about:

  • Support and advice on dealing with health problems
  • Stage fright, performance anxiety, depression, substance misuse
  • Organisations that can help

Stage fright and performance anxiety

Anxiety may be:

  • Situational: being on stage/in front of people
  • Interpersonal: being oversensitive to the criticisms and expectations of others
  • Motivational: allowing inner doubts to affect your playing
  • Physical: associated with the body not doing what it is supposed to, either through bad technique, posture problems, or overuse/ misuse syndrome
  • Mental: the long-term effects of burn-out.

Read British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM) factsheet ‘I can't go on: coping with stage fright’ 

The British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM) can also provide a health assessment for free and offer advice on managing stage fright. bapam.org.uk


The British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM) is there to help you with emotional or psychological issues affecting you as a performer. Book a free health assessment to discuss depression or anxiety concerns with a specialist. 

Mind, the national mental health charity, provides advice and support to anyone experiencing mental health problems and those around them.

Plus information on where to get help, medication and alternative treatments, and your legal rights.

Drug or alcohol addiction

Substance misusers can be a hazard to themselves and others.

The lifestyle imposed by a person’s job may increase the risk of alcohol or drug abuse and stress may be a contributory factor.

Read British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM) factsheet: The drinks are on me: How do you manage stress, and how can you spot the signs of a drink problem?’ for advice.

Stress at work

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) provides guidance on preventing and coping with workplace stress. Plus information on tackling workplace stress for employers and employees.

Useful organisations

BAPAM bapam.org.uk
Sound advice soundadvice.info
Dystonia Society dystonia.org.uk
Hear-it AISBL, an international non-profit and non-commercial organisation hear-it.org
MHS musicianshearingservices.co.uk
MIND (National Association for Mental Health)  mind.org.uk
BAATN – A directory of Counsellors and Psychotherapists of Black, African, Asian and Caribbean Heritage in the UK.  baatn.org.uk
TUC Know Your Rights Line: 08700 600 4882
ACAS helpline: 08457 474747
Drugscope: drugscope.org.uk
National Drugs Helpline: 0800 776600.
Alcoholics Anonymous  alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk
Alcohol Concern London 020 7928 7377 Wales 029 2022 6746
Al-Anon family groups for the family and friends of problem drinkers 020 7403 0888
Narcotics Anonymous  ukna.org
Gamblers Anonymous  gamblersanonymous.org.uk
Music Support
Talk to Frank

Rethink Mental Illness
Support and advice for people living with mental illness.
Phone: 0300 5000 927 (Mon-Fri, 10am-2pm)

CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably, for men aged 15-35.

Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair.
Phone: 08457 90 90 90 (24-hour helpline)

Charity offering support and carrying out research into mental illness.
Phone: 0845 767 8000 (daily, 6pm-11pm)

The Mental Health Foundation
Provides information and support for anyone with mental health problems or learning disabilities.

Information on child and adolescent mental health.
Services for parents and professionals.
Parents' helpline: 0808 802 5544 (Mon-Fri, 9.30am-4pm)

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