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Mental Health: Support for Musicians

There is a lot going on in the world right now. So we wanted to take a minute to talk about the mental health support that is out there for musicians, wherever you are and wherever you work.

Published: 16 March 2020 | 12:00 AM Updated: 28 April 2021 | 4:30 PM
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Workplace discrimination because of mental health is against the law. Photo credit: Shutterstock

Music Minds Matter is a free 24/7 helpine run by Help Musicians UK for everyone in the music industry. Call them on 0808 802 8008 or visit their website.

Music Support also runs a helpline for anyone in the music industry struggling with ill mental health and/or addiction. It operates 9:00 am - 9:00 pm on weekdays, and 10:00 am - 8:00 pm on weekends. Call them on 0800 030 6789 or find out more on their website.

 The British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM) connects performing artists and musicians with free specialist health support. You can get in touch by phone, email or at one of their regular clinics in London, Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds, Cardiff, Liverpool & Belfast. Check out their website for details.

You can also contact Mind for urgent help and support. Plus advice on how to support others. Visit their website.

Mental health at work is a trade union issue

Workplace discrimination because of mental health is against the law. And support for ill mental health at work can be considered a reasonable adjustment.

Find out more in our Disability Rights Toolkit.

MU members can get in touch anytime for advice & assistance.

Young Freelancers Guide to Mental Health and the Music Industry

The Young Freelancer’s Guide to Mental Health and the Music Industry looks at common challenges facing freelance musicians, strategies for meeting them, and how to access support.

Written by mental health experts, it covers:

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

The latest advice for musicians on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

We’re keeping our coronavirus advice updated as new information comes in.

For urgent advice on contracts, cancellations, payments or your right, please contact your MU Regional Office.

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