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Music Charity expands mental health service

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A charity supporting performing artists suffering from mental health has announced they intend to expend their service after running a recent survey.

Results from the Help Musicians study highlights the impact of Brexit deals and lockdowns has had on artists in the UK worried about their future.

Out of the 700 musicians who took part in the study 87 per cent said they have noticed their mental health deteriorating over the past twelve months.

The charity has seen a 65 per cent rise in the number of people signing up to their Music Minds Matters service this year which offers 24/7 mental health support to everybody working in the music industry.

This week Help Musicians announced two new additions to the service which will see a national network support group supporting those suffering from conditions such as anxiety and introducing targeted signposting “to help everyone find the best, most relevant advice and support, from across the music sector and beyond”.

Established music industry business have welcomed the news with PPL offering a £300,000 three-year funding package to fund one-to-one counselling and therapeutic support.

James Ainscough, Chief Executive of Help Musicians, said: “Music is beneficial to everybody’s mental wellbeing, yet those who work in music seem to struggle more than most with their own mental health.

“The pandemic has amplified this paradox. Music Minds Matter will become a collaborative mental wellbeing resource for the entire music industry, to help those who are struggling and to transform the ability of all those working in music to proactively maintain their wellbeing. Working together, spotlighting all that is valuable whoever the provider, the music industry can embed lasting change and become a leader in caring for the mental health of its people.”

Global artist Bryan Adams is an ambassador of Help Musicians.