Helplines for Music Industry Professionals

        24/7 helpline at 0808 802 8008

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Music Minds Matter has a free 24/7 helpline to offer emotional support and guidance to anybody with a PRS for Music membership.

"With 99 years supporting musicians, Help Musicians understands the complexity of working in music and created Music Minds Matter as a dedicated service for anyone working in the industry." - Music Minds Matter

        Weekdays 9am - 5pm at 0800 030 6789

Music Support provides vital support to individuals in any area of the UK music industry suffering from mental, emotional or  behavioural health disorders.

"All our phone volunteers have personal experience of the music industry and the issues that Music Support covers. They have been through our rigorous training designed and facilitated for Music Support by professional trainers in this field, in consultation with The Helplines Partnership." - Music Support

Health Resources for Music Industry Professionals

        The British Association for Performing Arts Medicine

The British Association for Performing Arts Medicine provides specialist health support for the Performing Arts.

Here they have collated a wide range of health resources and factsheets for musicians, from warm-up exercises to psychological self-care resources.

        Online Resource

ArtsMinds is a collaborative initiative from BAPAM, Equity, Spotlight and The Stage to bring together a raft of resources for performers and creative practitioners facing mental health issues.

Everything they collate is available on their website here.

More Mental Health Crisis Helplines

        Everyday between 5pm - 12am at 0800 58 58 58

CALM provides a helpline for anybody in the UK who are down or have hit a wall for any reason, who need to talk or find information and support.

"We offer an accredited confidential, anonymous and free support, information and signposting to people anywhere in the UK through our helpline.  Calls are taken by trained staff who are there to listen, support, inform and signpost." - CALM

        24/7 helpline at 116 123

Samaritans provide a 24/7 helpline of confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair. If you'd rather write your feelings down, you can email jo@samaritans.org, who will respond within 24 hours.

        24/7 text support service at 85258

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Shout 85258 is the UK's first free, confidential, 24/7 text support service. It's a place to go if you're struggling to cope and need mental health support.

"By texting the word ‘SHOUT’ to 85258 you will start a conversation with a trained Shout Volunteer, who will text you back and forth, sharing only what you feel comfortable with." - Shout

        Everyday between 10am - 10pm at 0300 330 0630

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If you identify as LGBT+, or are considering issues around your sexuality and/or gender identity, you can call Switchboard for confidential support.

All Switchboard volunteers self-define as LGBT+, ensuring that you get the support and understanding that you deserve.

        Weekdays between 9am - 8pm

            Weekends & bank hols between 4pm - 8pm

            Adults helpline: 0808 801 0677

            Students helpline: 0808 801 0811

            Youth helpline: 0808 801 0711

If you are struggling with an eating disorder, call Beat to get support and information and explore your feelings in a supportive space with a trained helpline worker.

If you'd rather not call, Beat also provide an email service and a one-to-one web chat.

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Free Mental Health Resources

If you have ever experienced a panic attack, you understand how scary they can be.

Anxiety UK's free panic attack booklet (available on their website) details the symptoms of panic attacks and suggests useful tips on how to cope with them.

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CNTW NHS Foundation Trust have produced 24 self-help guides which are available here.

These guides are designed for you to work through with a doctor or mental health professional, and include topics such as anxiety, depression, bereavement, abuse and anger management.

These mindfulness exercises from TherapistAid are written out in step-by-step instructions for you to try.

Mindfulness is a great tool and skill, and is effective in bringing us into the present moment and clearing our heads of overwhelming thoughts.