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Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Help Musicians UK announces Music Minds Matter

2:31, 25th July 2017

Help Musicians UK (HMUK) has announced a new fundraising campaign for industry-wide support of the world’s first dedicated 24/7 mental health service for people working in music.

The Music Minds Matter campaign will fund a 24/7 mental health helpline and service, due to launch in late 2017, which will combine listening, advice and signposting with clinical, medical, therapeutic and welfare support for those who need it.

Help Musicians has invested £100,000 in the mental health fund, but hopes to receive at least £200,000 to ensure its sustainability beyond 2018. It is calling for ‘arm in arm’ support from the industry and philanthropists to match its investment pound for pound, as a response to the death of Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington and a ‘mental health crisis’ across the industry.

The charity will then continue to raise money for the new fund, with ambitions for roll out with global partners in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

HMUK has been seeking to launch a new mental health service since its Can Music Make You Sick? survey (May 2016) found that people in the music industry are three times more likely to suffer from anxiety, depression and other related problems.

‘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,’ said Richard Robinson, CEO of HMUK.

‘The situation is now urgent and we can no longer allow this to continue.

‘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.’

www.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/Music MindsMatter

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