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Here you will find handy resources that aid the charter and other resources for your mental health and our sister organisations.
Charter of Good Practice
Cactus City’s aim is to encourage major institutions in the UK to adopt better safeguarding policies for artists and creatives in the recording studio. The charter is the first step to making this happen.
If something should happen to Cactus City (touch wood) then all our assets (money, equipment, Vanessa's sassy mug collection) are pledged to Help Musicians - that's how much we stand by their commitment to helping musicians nationwide.
They provide mental health support to musicians and those working in the wider music industry. In March 2022, they launched a helpline for bullying and harassment that is open 35/7 for confidential support and advice. You can find out more about this and further support they offer on their website:
Help for Musicians
Music Minds Matter is a dedicated mental health service funded by Help Musicians. The service is 24/7 and is open to everyone working in the UK music industry. By contacting Music Minds Matter, you will be connected to a BACP accredited counsellor who understands the music industry :0808 802 8008
Help Musicians Bullying and Harassment helpline for people working in the music industry. This helpline is a confidential and non-judgemental support and advice line that is open 24/7: 0800 088 2045
Music Support runs a helpline for anyone in the music industry struggling with ill mental health and/or addiction. It operates 9:00 am - 5:00 pm on weekdays. Call them on 0800 030 6789.
RSM’s Telephone Support Network – the Royal Society of Musicians (RSM) are connecting musicians with musicians through their Support Network. Sign up for to receive regular calls to ease isolation.
Mental Health Resources
MIND open 9am - 6pm Monday to Friday: 0300 123 3393
LGBT Foundation 10am - 6pm Monday to Friday: 0345 330 3030
Women’s Aid Domestic Violence Helpline 24 hour helpline: 0808 2000 247
National LGBT Domestic Abuse Helpline support for LGBT+ people: 0800 999 5428
BAATN hosts an online directory of Counsellors and Psychotherapists of Black, African, Asian and Caribbean Heritage in the UK.
The Black Trans Foundation’s QTIPOC Therapist Directory – making therapy more accessible for those with marginalised identities, this directory specifically lists therapists who are Queer, Trans and Intersex People of Colour.
British Association for Performing Arts medicine (BAPAM) is a charity that delivers specialist health support to musicians via free and confidential GP assessment clinics, and referrals to the best treatment available.
Music Industry Therapists are a group of psychotherapists and counsellors who have experience within the music industry, such as working at record labels, recording studios, publishing, tour managers and artists.
Resources for Men
40% of men won’t talk to anyone about their mental health problems (Priory, 2015).
Men’s Advice Line External Link - helpline for male victims of domestic abuse: 0808 801 0327
Andy’s Man Club offers nationwide talking groups all over the UK open every Monday from 7pm excluding bank holidays.
Male Survivors Partnership helpline: 0808 800 5005 open 9am-8pm on weekdays and 10am-2pm on weekends.
Downloadable self-help guides for men, covering topics such as abuse, addiction, sexual assault, mental health, eating disorders and anger are available here: https://www.selfhelpguides.ntw.nhs.uk/msp/
Sexual Harassment and Assault Resources
Rape Crisis helpline: 0808 802 9999 Open between 12:00-14:30 and 19:00- 21:30 every day. Or you can visit a centre.
Survivors Network offer support groups counselling and also have a helpline you can call on Mondays 7-9pm and Wednesdays from 12-2pm” 001273 720 110 or you can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Victim Support has a helpline you can call 0808 1689 111 which is open 24/7 they also have a live chat service or you can fill in an online form which they will reply to in 3 working days.
The Survivors Trust which is open Monday- Thursday 10am- 12:30pm, 1:30-5:30pm and 6-8pm. Friday 10am-12:30pm and 1:30-5:30pm. Saturday 10am- 1pm and Sunday 5pm-8pm. Call: 08088 010818
Music Industry Therapists & Coaches (MITC) have a free guide designed for artists and music industry professionals. The guide covers topics such as anxiety, breathing techniques, self-isolation, home-working and home fitness.
Function Central have released a guide supporting the mental health and wellbeing of musicians. Covering topics such as healthy practices for mental wellbeing, useful links and other information and getting additional support.