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Help Musicians launches Music Minds Matter helpline

By | Published on Monday 4 December 2017

Help Musicians UK

Help Musicians UK has officially launched its new mental health service Music Minds Matter, which includes a 24/7 helpline for anyone in the music community seeking help or emotional support.

The charity announced it would be launching the new helpline and the wider Music Minds Matter initiative back in July. The new service follows the research work Help Musicians did with MusicTank and the University Of Westminster which looked at how a career in music – on-stage or behind the scenes – could impact on a person’s mental health.

Help Musicians says that its new service combines “advice, signposting, clinical pathways and professional therapeutic services, including counselling and cognitive behavioural therapy”, and that “uniquely, the service also provides access to the charity’s grant funding, and individuals may also access advice on legal issues, debt and benefits”.

Announcing the formal launch of Music Minds Matter, Help Musicians boss Richard Robinson said: “Music Minds Matter is a first for the British music industry and the biggest ever undertaking by HMUK. We are earmarking just under £1 million over the next four years and we fully expect the service to grow and evolve”.

He added: “It is also important to underline that early intervention is key in this service. This is not just for individuals in crisis, it is so much more and provides comprehensive support on a range of issues. In time we will look to add additional regional capabilities and services, as well as global partnerships, to really make a difference to those that need it most and future proof our music industry to be as healthy and successful as it can be”.

For more information on Music Minds Matter check musicmindsmatter.org.uk. Those seeking help and emotional support can call 0808 802 8008 free of charge, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.



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