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Music and Mental Health

Last night I attended a truly wonderful, intimate music event at the legendary music venue, The Bedford in Balham (London).

The night was arranged by Laura Westcott of Music for Mental Wealth and sponsored by MHIB and House of Lemon.

It was such a pleasure to support the event and see all the amazing artists - Newton Faulkner, T.I.G.Y, Judie Tsuke, Minna, Georgina Agombar, George Alfie and of course Laura herself !

You can find the recording of the night here:

https://fb.watch/cG80SaxjQQ/

The purpose of our partnership with Music for Mental Wealth is to help to make mental health coaching and support available to those in the music industry via a bursary fund to which we contribute through our commercial partnership with MMW.

This means that artists, musicians and those working in the music industry can access tailored, preventative one to one mental health coaching and support.

It is important that we take a proactive approach to mental health and wellbeing - and that applies just as much outside of the music industry. There is huge value in every one of us prioritising our mental health and wellbeing, in engaging in our own wellness, and building resilience.

Mental health is an intrinsic part of who we are as human beings. Mental health should be seen as a valued resource. Having good mental health means that we are resilient, able to cope with the normal ups and downs of life, able to achieve all that we are capable of - and for creatives, for artists and musicians, able to create music.

Good mental health is not a given. Any of us could experience poor mental health or mental illness.

It was my own experience of mental illness and later losing my partner to suicide, that brought me to do the work that we now do, and to me speaking as I do about mental health and suicide prevention. I have learned first hand what the price is when we don’t prioritise mental health.

There are protective and preventative measures that can be taken, for all of us, to guard against mental Ill health, to future proof our mental health, you might say.

It is important that individuals are able to access coaching and support, before they hit a crisis point. The right coaching and support helps individuals to recognise their innate resilience and understand how they can build resilience.

This is why we have partnered with Laura and Music for Mental Wealth - any profits from the event will go to the MMW mental health bursary fund to support the mental health and wellbeing of those in the industry.

For more information on our partnership with Music for Mental Wealth, or to discuss how mental health coaching may help you, please contact our team here.

MHIB CEO,

Claire Russell

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