Mental health resources for musicians
Here at Identity Music, we know that recent events have been a challenging time for many people. Covid-19 has hit us all hard and many of us have struggled without being able to see our loved ones. We wanted to take a moment to share some mental health support resources that are available for all those within the music community.
Mental health issues can affect anyone. Even during the best moments of our lives, we can experience mental health difficulties such as anxiety and depression. For musicians, that pressure to conquer the music world and be the biggest star can be such a motivating force, but it can also become overwhelming, especially when you hit a bump, growth slows or your latest release doesn’t land in the way you had hoped.
Struggling in silence and allowing negative feelings to grow can lead to long-term challenges, and so it is always best to reach out for support as soon as possible. Below is a list of some of the fantastic support services that are available to musicians and the music community.
A service which connects performers with specialist support.
Get in touch by phone: 020 7404 8444
Alternatively, you can fill out the appointment form on the website, or pop in to one of their clinic locations.
Open 24/7, all year round, the Samaritans are open to listen to anyone experiencing upset or struggling with difficult thoughts.
Freephone: 116 123
Welsh Language Line: 0300 123 3011 (7pm-11pm, Mon-Sun)
A helpline for the LGBTQ+ community with support for all problems, provided by LGBTQ+ phone operators, open 10am-10pm, 365 days a year.
National number: 0300 330 0630
A support service focused on making mental health topics and support more accessible for the Black community in the UK. Visit the website to send an enquiry.
A support service for university and college students. Check out the nightline website (https://www.nightline.ie/) to see if your college or university offers the service. All operators are compassionate, caring and student aged as well
There are mental health support resources available all over the country for anyone who finds themselves in need. We have all experienced challenges and witnessed the damage that can be done when musicians leave the negatives un-managed. These issues can hit anyone, from any background and any walk of life. It is important that we all create a safe space where those who are suffering can move forward in comfort and confidence.
Never be afraid to ask for help. If you need it, there are resources available to give it.
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