MUSIC CHARITY Help Musicians UK (HMUK) has launched a 24/7 mental health service, Music Minds Matter, available to anyone working in the music industry.
The scheme provides emotional support, advice on getting a diagnosis, counselling and access to appropriate resources. Those contacting the help line will also be able to receive advice on legal issues, debt and benefits, and have access to HMUK’s grant funding.
“We understand the complexity of being a musician and recognise the need for support that reflects the nature of the business, whilst providing a personalised service tailored to each person we help,” says charity CEO Richard Robinson.
During 2016 HMUK saw a 22 per cent rise in requests for help and spent £1.9 million supporting clients.
“We are earmarking just under £1m over the next four years and we fully expect the service to grow and evolve,” says Robinson.