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Mental Health Support

Where to get advice on keeping mentally well during the coronavirus outbreak, and resources should you need extra support.

Last updated: 20 January 2021

Here’s a list of organisations that may be particularly useful to musicians during the coronavirus pandemic.

Online guides

MITC’s Guide To Anxiety Relief and Self Isolation

Music Industry Therapists & Coaches (MITC) have launched a free, supportive guide which is designed specifically for artists and music industry professionals. It includes techniques and online resources for both adults and children.

The guide covers topics such as:

  • Anxiety information and support
  • Breathing techniques
  • Home-working
  • Self-isolation
  • Eating well during the outbreak
  • Home fitness

Download the guide from MITC’s website.

The Young Freelancer’s Guide to Mental Health and the Music Industry

This guide was also produced by MITC’s Tamsin Embleton together with the MU’s Young Members’ Network.

Written by mental health experts, it covers:

  • Self care
  • Burn out
  • Support networks
  • Cultivating resilience
  • Anxiety and panic attacks
  • Depression

Download the Young Freelancer's Guide for free.

Mental Wellbeing App

Thrive: Mental Wellbeing App – the only NHS approved mental health app. Download from your Apple or Android store, and access for free in partnership with Music Support by using the access code MUSIC20

Online support networks

RSM’s Telephone Support Network – the Royal Society of Musicians (RSM) are connecting musicians with musicians through their Support Network. Sign up for to receive regular calls to alleviate isolation.

12 Step Support Group for Musicians – Music Support are hosting weekly online meetings to help musicians who are members of 12 step fellowships connect with each other during the COVID-19 pandemic. Find out more.

Online training

In response to the current coronavirus outbreak, BAPAM have moved their workshops online. Their list of free online events includes courses on keeping mentally well.

Browse BAPAM’s online courses