Help Musicians launches campaign for 24/7 mental health service for artists

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The campaign is a response to what they call a mental health crisis within the industry

The UK’s largest music and mental health charity, Help Musicians UK, have launched Music Minds Matter, a fundraising campaign for a new mental health service for musicians. Citing a “mental health crisis” in the industry, as well as the tragic recent death of Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington, they have already pledged £100,000 toward the initiative. If the target is reached the service will launch at the end of the year.

Richard Robinson, CEO of Help Musicians UK, said this in a statement: “For generations and generations, the music industry has lost some of its brightest talent and future stars due to the scourge of mental health and related issues. The situation is now urgent and we can no longer allow this to continue.

“We have decided to make this landmark investment as a precursor to a dedicated service – but we cannot undertake this work in isolation. We need the music industry to step up, arm in arm with Help Musicians, and match our support pound for pound, so we are proud to launch the Music Minds Matter campaign.

“The forthcoming specialist 24/7 mental health service will be a global first and go hand in hand with Help Musicians’ traditional health and welfare support, which offers advice and often financial support to people in the industry across a wide range of issues.”

Read our previous report on Help Musicians’ landmark music & depression survey. or check out the funding page.


(via Music Week)