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Help Musicians UK launches research exploring mental health in the music community

By | Published on Monday 23 May 2016

Help Musicians UK

Music industry charity Help Musicians UK launched a new campaign and a significant research project focused on mental health during the CMU Insights conference at The Great Escape on Friday.

The launch came as CMU Editor Andy Malt led a number of interviews and discussions on how the music industry could and should better support its people – both on and off the stage – if and when they face mental health challenges.

Help Musicians UK has teamed up with the University Of Westminster to explore in more detail how the peculiarities of the music industry can have a negative impact on the mental health of those working in it, while investigating initiatives the industry could endorse and fund that could tackle some of the issues.

Launching the new research in Brighton, Help Musicians UK boss Richard Robinson said: “Today’s announcement represents a huge milestone for mental health in the music industry as well as new strategic direction for HMUK as the independent voice for musicians. Help Musicians UK want to build a robust and effective service for those musicians with mental health issues – but we know we have to listen and be part of the conversation. It is all too easy to suggest solutions but we believe our academic study will do more. We want to build sustainable solutions”.

The research begins with a survey that everyone working in music is encouraged to fill out. You will find the survey here.