A new mental health service has been launched to aid people in the music industry. Following the tragic death of Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington last year, Help Musicians UK came up with the Music Minds Matter initiative, which provides a 24/7 mental health hotline for musicians, managers, record label employees, tour crews, and others in the industry.
Music Minds Matter offers various services such as counseling, emotional support, professional therapeutic services, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and more to people in the music industry who are suffering from mental health problems, NME reports.
The idea of a 24-hour helpline was conceived after the organization's health and welfare team saw 22 percent more musicians seeking help for mental health issues. The data comes from a study called "Can Music Make You Sick?" conducted last year. Over 2,000 musicians and professionals took part in the study, and 71.1 percent of them said they had experienced panic attacks and/or increased anxiety while 68.5 percent of the participants also admitted to having experienced depression.
Help Musicians UK CEO Richard Robinson said the charity is in a unique position to coordinate, lead, and support those in the music industry who are going through challenges with their mental health and well-being. The organization claims to have already 96 years of experience, which help them understand what musicians are going through and recognize the need for support in the industry.
Robinson added that he expects the project to grow and evolve in the next four years with the help of everyone in the music industry and those who are experts in mental health support.
Mental health is something a lot of musicians have opened up about, whether through their music, in interviews, or other personal accounts. However, the discussion has increased all the more in the wake of Bennington's death. The late musician also suffered from depression.
Nothing But Thieves guitarist Joe Langridge-Brown told BBC that mental health issues affect musicians in different ways and that it also affects their loved ones. He added that raising awareness helps musicians in that it gives them an outlet to talk about their challenges and being able to freely ask for help.