Music industry in mental health 'crisis' with stoppage of work

Australia's Support Act is looking to support those facing mental health issues
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It comes as no surprise that for those who work in an industry based in live entertainment, that March 2020 and onward has been consistently difficult in terms of a mental health standpoint.

For many in the music industry, the opportunities that have been crushed by the perimeters of the pandemic have taken a collective toll on mental health and general well-being. And even more drastically, while mourning the loss of work, many have also had to grieve over the loss of family, friends, and co-workers.

Needless to say, those in the live performance and music field have faced an onslaught of mental health crises.

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As a direct response to the plight the industry is facing, the Australian charity, Support Act is working to deliver “crisis relief and mental health and well-being services to artists, crew and music workers who are doing it tough.” The organization also develops and implements mental health and prevention, education, and training programs.

On March 4, Support Act will launch the second installment of their Tune Ups series, where individuals in the music industry community come together to share honest stories and conversations about mental health. In seven parts, the series will exam how isolation and financial anxiety related to the COVID-19 pandemic directly contribute to our mental health.

Leading members in Australia’s music scene aim to demonstrate how mental health issues can affect anyone, but that support for those in the music industry is available. The series also addresses how mental health issues have existed within the music industry years before the COVID-19 pandemic took place, and how important it is to shed light on the topic regardless of a global pandemic.

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Support Act’s CEO, Clive Miller, shares, “now more than ever we need to ensure that conversations around mental health happen publicly and regularly, especially in the music industry which sees alarming rates of mental illness persisting.”

“The Tune Ups content series is not to sensationalize, but to show people they are not alone and that there is support available.”

“We are working with both individuals and the industry to remove stigma and put in place strategies to increase support and resilience, including delivering mental health first aid training, increasing capacity of our Wellbeing Helpline, and developing a new online mental health portal with critical music industry-specific resources.”

“These programs are potentially life-saving.”

Watch the trailer for the Tune Ups video series here.

RADIO.COM’s I’m Listening initiative aims to encourage those who are dealing with mental health issues to understand they are not alone. If you or anyone you know is struggling with depression or anxiety, know that someone is always there. Additionally, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-273-8255.

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