Accessibility to mental health services continues to be a nightmare in this country and worldwide. It’s especially volatile if your creative career requires you to keep irregular hours, or travel frequently, or reveal much of yourself for the benefit others—fundamental expectations for those employed within the music industry. It’s not all doom and gloom: Services specific to those music biz folk seem to crop up with increasing regularity, and we’re all going to be better because of it.
NME reports that Music Minds Matter, a UK-based, landmark mental health service geared towards music industry professionals (artists and beyond) has launched in the wake of the tragic suicide of Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington. The service is a 24/7 entity dedicated to offering “advice, signposting, emotional support, clinical pathways and professional therapeutic services, counseling and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to musicians and people within the music industry suffering with mental health issues.”
Nadine Shah of the organization told NME:
The music industry is in such need of a service like this. It’s about time we had a service that is always there for people, one that really caters to the myriad of mental health challenges and complexities that musicians and people in the music industry face. As someone that has experienced struggles of my own, I know how important it is to know that I could access help and support when I need it.
For help and emotional support (in the U.K.!) call 0808 802 8008. You can also get advice by emailing them here.
If you’re stateside, like us, we recommend chatting with the good folks at Punk Talks.