Help Musicians UK (HMUK), a charity for professional musicians, has launched a 24/7 helpline to support musicians mental health. Music Minds Matter, is free and offers services such as emotional support, advice in getting a diagnosis, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and counseling among others. Can music make you sick? A study about working in the music industry, commissioned by HMUK found that the creative industry can be responsible for adding to mental health issues. This goes beyond depression and suicide. Addiction and eating disorders are also prevalent in the music industry. A separate study indicates that 1 in 3 professional musicians have suffered from an eating disorder. And with the growing number of sexual assault accusations in the entertainment industry, it may com
Help Musicians UK have created a new support helpline for individuals working in the music industry who suffer from mental health issues. The 24-hour phone service, which is a part of their #MusicMindsMatter campaign, is a resource where musicians can get counselling for their emotional and psychological problems. There is a lot of attention being placed on mental health in the music industry since the suicide of Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington in mid-July. According to Help Musicians UK, about 1 in 4 individuals will or have suffered from mental health issues. For information about mental health, visit Health Music UK's website Or if you want someone to talk to, call: 0808 802 8008 https://twitter.com/HelpMusiciansUK/status/937612842366373889 [Featured Image: Help
Another step towards ending mental health stigma in London was taken today with the launch of Thrive in the City. Thrive in the City, with support from Thrive LDN and Mayor Sadiq Khan, hosted a day-long, city-wide event with over 3000 combined hours of mental wellness workshops and activities. Co-founder Julia Hillman explained the goal of Thrive in the City: “What it’s about is trying to create a physical space in the city that’s good for our mental well-being. In order to make sure that physical space provides what people want and need, she considered the launch day of Thrive in the City as the “investigative stage” towards their goals. Thrive in the City spread out across the city with 80 practitioners leading workshops at business and community spaces. The City Hal
As early as 13 years old, Mhairi Potts-Wyatt from London had already contemplated taking her own life. She didn’t even know that was called ‘suicide’ at the time, nor did she understand she was battling depression, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. But somehow, Potts-Wyatt made it to 21 years old. And she has a Facebook page to thank for it. The Artidote is a social media community founded on Facebook in 2015 by Jovanny Ferreyra. With close to two million followers, the page, as its name suggests, uses art as a means of healing and improving mental health. Each post features a piece of artwork coupled with a quote either from followers, someone anonymous, or a famous personality. Potts-Wyatt, who is in the process of being diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, jo
Samantha is on medication and has been waiting for nearly five months to see an expert for her psychotherapy session. It has been difficult for her, but she wants to keep her hopes high. "I've been feeling the blues for quite some time now, and my medicine is not helping me much," she says. Samantha has dysthymia, which is a form of depression. The symptoms of dysthymia are milder than major depression, but last longer- sometimes for years. The disorder responds to talk therapies more than medication. But unfortunately, the waiting period for Samantha is long and she is on heavy medication. When asked about it, she explains: "My medicine is helping me, but I feel worthless and uncared for, almost every day. I feel like talking to someone because I realise I'm young and want to live a happ...
Be it to help mental health or simply nurture your inner child, adult colouring books may not merely be ‘just another fad’. It’s 6pm on a Thursday evening and the Waterstones bookshop at Piccadilly is abuzz with excitement. A bestselling author is about to launch what experts already know will be another bestselling book, and no, it’s not J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter or E. L James’ Fifty Shades of Grey. The author in question is Mille Marotta, and the book is Wild Savannah: A Colouring Book Adventure. The new book’s predecessors, Animal Kingdom and Tropical Wonderland, were among 2015’s top 10 bestsellers on Amazon, and continue to top the list of most gifted items on the site. And if these aren’t clear enough indicators of the craze that’s gripped the country, new data from a Ne
Homelessness has more than doubled since 2010, with over 7,600 sleeping rough in London at some point in 2015. But what are the long-term physical and mental health problems facing our increasing homeless population? A man in dress shoes swears violently at me as he trips, standing heavily on my leg. I sit up straighter in my sleeping bag. Outside Moorgate station, it’s 7.56pm on a bitterly cold Friday evening: my sixth hour of homelessness lies just ahead. Around me, smartly dressed Londoners make their way from stressful city jobs to upmarket cocktail bars. I can hear the chatter of the end of a hard week’s work. Sat with my head down, someone tosses a pound coin into my lap and mutters something about a sandwich. I am not hungry, and I am not homeless. The pound, and any like
Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 50. But can football forums provide an avenue for men to talk about their mental health? It has almost become a cliché, comparing football to a religion. Stadiums are built bigger than the largest cathedrals, and still fill each week. Fans, like pilgrims, travel thousands of miles to see their teams play. And many clubs, overwhelmed by requests to scatter ashes, have been forced to build memorial gardens, to prevent damage to their playing surface. While this comparison maybe somewhat tenuous, football is clearly more than a game to many of its followers. According to the UK charity, The Mental Health Foundation, football can have a major impact on mental health. It is thought to affect emotions, relationships, identity and self-esteem. I
Family doctors should avoid giving antidepressants to children, new research has revealed. Scientists discovered the drugs caused a bigger increase in suicidal tendencies and aggressive behaviour than previously reported. This confirms Researchers from University College London (UCL)Family doctors should avoid giving antidepressants to children, new research has revealed. analysed 70 previous studies to find that the most commonly used drugs for depression (SSRIs and SNRIs) double the risk of suicide and aggressive behaviour. This was only found to be the case in teenagers and children. The researchers have said they believe that the true risks are not reflected by their analysis. They claim trials with negative results are under reported by the pharmaceutical industry leading t...