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AFEM launch mental health guide for people working in the electronic music industry

The guide coincides which World Mental Health Day

With today (Thursday, October 10th) being World Mental Health, The Assocation for Electronic Music (AFEM) has shared a mental health guide designed especially for those who work within the electronic music industry.

The guide aims to educate and inform people on how to cope with mental health struggles, as well as destigmatise the issue itself and provide practical support.

'The Electronic Music Industry Guide To Mental Health' updates the 2016 Music Managers Forum Guide to Mental Health and has been produced alongside Help Musicians UK and Music Support. It covers issues such as anxiety, depression, alcohol, substance abuse and dependency, work/life imbalance and the importance of sleep.

The guide also contains a directory listing key contacts for those needing help, which AFEM will expand to cover all 25 countries in which it has members. 

“This guide represents a clear shift towards responsibility, accountability and duty of care within the industry, with expertly curated top-line actionable prevention and self-care advice, and signposting to professional mental health support," says Tom Middleton, Co-Chair of the AFEM Health Group.

You can download and view AFEM's mental health guide here.

For more information, you can email email [email protected]. For mental health support in the UK, call Help Musicians UK’s free Helpline on 0808 802 8008. In the USA, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on 1-800-273-8255. 

Find other useful contacts and further reading on mental health here. Revisit DJ Mag's recent cover story on why mental health is dance music's most urgent issue here.

Read the mental health stories of three DJs working in dance music here.