One Industry One Voice (OIOV), the umbrella body of UK events associations and businesses, has shared a list of mental health resources on offer to help music industry workers hit by the coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking in a statement to NME, the OIOV said: “As other industries now begin to return to work, restrictions upon capacities and social distancing [mean] a large number of live events are no longer viable, and the people who organise and deliver them remain out of work.
“For many of these people, on furlough, or facing or having been made redundant; those who’ve fallen through the cracks and haven’t had access to financial support; even those still at work in an industry that’s changing, this has been and remains a hugely stressful time with no clear end in sight.
“While there are a number of industry campaigns working towards securing financial support, removing restrictions and helping people get back to work, for lots of people it feels like time is running out and there’s nowhere to turn.”
“If you’re experiencing stress or mental health issues, or if it simply feels like it’s getting too much, it’s important to get help and support, whether this be from a partner, friend, colleague or professional,” the organisation added. “It’s good to talk and it’s important not to suffer alone.”
The full list of organisations includes: Eventwell, Stress Matters Buddies Matter; Music Support; Backup British Association for Performing Arts Medicine; Help Musicians; The Theatrical Guild; Mind; Samaritans; and Campaign Against Living Miserably.
You can view the full list via NME here.
According to the OIOV, the UK events sector holds a total of £84 billion in value to the UK economy.
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