A 24/7 mental health service for people working in the music industry is to launch in late 2017.
Run by independent music charity Help Musicians UK (HMUK), the helpline and service – said to be a world-first – will combine listening, advice and signposting with clinical, medical, therapeutic and welfare support.
HMUK has already pledged £100k to the service, and called on the wider sector to support the initiative via a new funding campaign, MUSIC MINDS MATTER.
“Just doubling the HMUK investment, with a minimum of £200k, will allow the mental health service to be sustainable beyond 2018,” a HMUK spokesperson said.
“The charity can then continue to proactively raise money for the new fund, with ambitions for roll out with global partners in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.”
HMUK has also promised to match any investment from the industry and philanthropists into the scheme pound for pound.