Mental Health Awareness Week 2022: Joe Hastings, Head of Music Minds Matter at Help Musicians, guest blog

10May, 2022

Following increased demand for mental health support from the music industry, Help Musicians have expanded their Music Minds Matter service with the launch of Music Minds Matter Explore.

Music Minds Matter Explore offers users information on mental health as well as signposting to local and national support. The website also provides video content from mental health experts and others in the industry who may have faced similar challenges who offer understanding and connection on issues and feelings that can often feel isolating.

Despite the resurgence of live music in 2022, musicians continue to face many career challenges post-Covid. Returning to the stage after a two-year hiatus can cause performance anxiety, touring creates many pressures from stress to feelings of loneliness (not just for musicians but also their managers and crew), and for those who are trying to begin their career, competition for performance slots is high.

This year’s Mental Health Awareness Week centres on the theme of loneliness, an emotion we can all recognise following the events of the past two years. However, particularly for those who spend months on the road and operate in a competitive environment, loneliness can be an ever-present career challenge. Through the newly-launched Music Minds Matter Explore and the wider Music Minds Matter services, Help Musicians is working to put a growing range of support services in place.

Joe Hastings, Head of Music Minds Matter at Help Musicians. 

Visit Music Minds Matter Explore