• Clodagh Meaney

Minding Creative Minds: Ireland's first 24/7 wellbeing programme for the music sector

It comes after 95% of creatives surveyed felt that there was a need for a dedicated mental wellbeing programme for the music sector

By Clodagh Meaney

Ireland's first wellbeing programme for the Irish music sector was launched this week.

Minding Creative Minds was established to offer free 24/7 wellbeing and support for musicians, songwriters, artist managers and event production crews.

In addition to emotional and mental support, the programme aims to look out for the whole individual. Service users can access assistance and support with career, legal, or financial issues and other day-to-day stresses which can cause anxiety.

The service was launched with support from organisations and as businesses suchIMRO, Universal Music, BAI and 2fm.

Eleanor McEvoy of IMRO said of the programme: "As musicians and writers, we have always been susceptible to the stresses and strains that are part and parcel to of the challenging environment that we call the music industry, but never before have we faced the level of uncertainty that is now before us."

"Creative people, by our nature, have a particular set of pressures that are specific to our work and our nature," she explained. "This comprehensive programme is specifically designed to cater for these issues. I have no doubt that this initiative will save lives."

It comes following a 2019 survey from First Fortnight which evaluated the music and creative communities in relation to mental health. 91% of respondents said that they had experienced anxiety/depression/ill mental health.

A further 95% felt that there was a need for a dedicated mental wellbeing programme for the music sector.

Creatives can access a 24/7 phone line staffed by a team of trained counsellors and psychotherapists who can offer short-term intervention and advice covering practical, day-to-day issues that cause anxiety and stress.

They also offer short term intervention counselling of up to 6 sessions.

If you would like to avail of the service you can call them on:

ROI: 1800 814 244

NI/UK: 0800 0903677

International: 00353 1 518 0277

For more information, you can visit their website here.

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