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Melissa Bradshaw

Classical Music launches Harmony In Mind mental health campaign

10:37, 2nd April 2019

Classical Music magazine has today launched a major campaign to unite the sector in combatting mental illness.

Joined by six of the leading mental health and industry charities working in the classical music business including British Association for Performing Arts MedicineIncorporated Society of Musicians, Musicians’ Union, Music Support, The Royal Society of Musicians, and Time to Change (the mental health anti-stigma movement led by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness), Classical Music is calling on industry leaders to engage in efforts to better support musicians and staff and deal proactively and holistically with the underlying causes of the crisis.

Over the course of its year-long campaign, Classical Music will provide a much-needed platform to share best practice, new research, advice and resources for musicians. It will also launch initiatives for the industry such as creating an online campaign room, a virtual forum for visitors to pledge their support, share experiences and information, and will create opportunities for the industry to come together to discuss and debate issues and solutions.

The campaign is spearheaded by new Classical Music editor Lucy Thraves, an Oxford music graduate who wrestles with mental health challenges herself and seeks to drive systemic and institutional change in the industry. She comments: ‘This wonderfully creative and enriching industry presents unusual challenges for its people, with high levels of stress around performance, job insecurity, widespread funding crises and sustained searching for an identity in modern society, conspiring to create unstable working environments for many. Stigma around mental health issues is still great, with constant anxiety and stress considered normal. Through Harmony In Mind, I hope we can bring the industry together to foster an environment where people feel safe, supported and accepted and that we work together to promote a healthier atmosphere in the classical music profession.’

For more information, visit www.harmonyinmind.co.uk

#HarmonyInMind @ClassicalMusic_

www.classicalmusicmagazine.org

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