Helplines for Music Industry Professionals
24/7 helpline at 0808 802 8008
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, who will respond within 24 hours.
24/7 text support service at 85258
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
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.
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.
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.