Music and mental health social enterprise Headstock has partnered with Mental Health Innovations and Shout to provide dedicated mental health text support to anyone working in the music industry.
From today, anyone that is struggling to cope and needing to talk will be able to text the word ‘MUSIC’ to 85258 to receive free, confidential support, 24/7.
Shout’s team of highly trained volunteers will deliver in-the-moment support for people from all walks of the music industry, who are anxious, distressed or suicidal, with Shout’s qualified clinical support team on hand to provide expert supervision of conversations at any time of day or night.
There is a huge amount of pressure on the music industry to bounce back after a devastating pandemic. This is having a hugely detrimental impact on the mental health of our musicians, and everyone associated with the industry. We are delighted to be partnering with Shout to offer support to anyone working within the industry and encourage more people to reach out and seek help.Atheer Al-Salim Headstock Founder
Backed by Courteeners’ frontman, Liam Fray and a host of industry organisations and figureheads, the partnership has been launched as a direct response to the spiralling mental health crisis facing the music industry - a crisis compounded by the global pandemic and subsequent cost-of living crisis.
Funded by Amazon Music, it's also backed by signposting partners Music Minds Matter and Music Support, industry body Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) and ticketing site Skiddle.
It’s important that people who work across all aspects of the music industry know they’re not on their own... I’m sure the discreet nature of the service will encourage more people to reach out and seek the support they need.Liam Fray Courteeners
According to research, 73% of independent musicians struggle with mental illness (Record Union) while people working in the industry are three times more likely to suffer from clinical depression compared to the general population (University of Westminster research on behalf of Help Musicians).
The Headstock and Shout partnership enhances support already available across the industry and is likely to reach new audiences who have not sought help elsewhere, due to Shout's discreet, text-based nature.
Anyone texting 'MUSIC' to 85258 who needs industry-specific support will be signposted to specialist charities Music Minds Matter and Music Support.
If you work in the industry and need to talk, text the word ‘MUSIC’ to 85258 to receive free, confidential support, 24/7.