Analysis January 2021: Lost at sea?
More musicians than ever are speaking out about struggles with their mental health, but what support services are available in this time of crisis? By Peter Somerford
With the pandemic causing mental distress and financial anxieties for many musicians, support for those with mental health problems is needed now more than ever. In the UK, alongside hardship funds set up by the Musicians’ Union, Help Musicians and others, there are specialist mental health helplines and counselling services, as well as online peer-support sessions and resources to help musicians manage issues they find difficult. This mental health support infrastructure was growing even before the pandemic hit, as the music industry has become more engaged in the last few years with addressing the significant mental health issues among performing artists…