A new book to help support the mental health of touring musicians is due for release

A new book designed to support the mental health of touring musicians will be released this spring.

The book is titled Tourism and Mental Health: A Guide to the Music Industry Explores the impact of touring on the mental health of musicians.

The 600-page book, written by psychotherapist and former accountant, Tamsin Embleton, includes interviews with the likes of Nile Rogers, For Tate, Phillip Selway of Radiohead and more.

The summary of the book reads: “This comprehensive guide to mental health and touring for musicians will help artists, tour managers, production managers, crews, and artist ensembles to recognize and deal with the various psychological difficulties that can occur during or as a result of touring.

“Written by psychotherapists, performance coaches, vocal coaches, nutritionists, psychologists, and sleep, sexual health, and addiction experts, this timely and important book offers practical guidance, resources, psychological education, infographics, illustrations, and vignettes from notable musicians and tour personnel.”

Speaking about the upcoming book, Selway of Radiohead said: “I wish this book was there when I first started touring…it has to be the first thing we all pack when we get out on the road” (via JamBase).

Due to be published in March this year, you can pre-order Tourism and Mental Health: A Guide to the Music Industry here.

Philip Selway. Credit: Lorne Thomson/Redferns via Getty Images

Back in 2020, charities warned that musicians and crew members across the UK were experiencing an increase in anxiety and depression due to the uncertainty caused by coronavirus.

Eric Mtungwazi, managing director of the charity Music Support – which provides support for “individuals in any area of ​​the UK music industry with mental, emotional and behavioral health disorders”, spoke to NME about this issue previously. Over the past six months since the coronavirus lockdown, more than 1,000 people have gained access to their services and free provision of the Thrive app for mental health support.

“The numbers we’ve seen in such a short time show that there is a very real and worrying pattern of people reporting anxiety and depression,” Mtungwazi said. NME. About 50 percent of people come to us with anxiety issues and 35 percent deal with depression at a moderate to severe level. There have been a number of people who have reported suicide in recent months as well, and this is at the most extreme and extreme point of the scale. We also receive increased calls related to alcohol and/or drug use.

There are a large number of cases where people deal with these things concurrently. It manifests itself in different ways. “

said Liam Hennessy, Head of Health and Care at the charity Help Helpians NME One of their helplines has seen a 25 per cent increase in the number of people calling them concerned about their mental health. About 80 percent of musicians and industry workers recently surveyed said that the current situation has had a significant negative impact on their well-being, especially in terms of financial problems.

“It’s been a very difficult time for the musicians these past six months,” said Hennessy. NME. “Many musicians are self-employed, so with the shutdown of live events, our entire income stream dried up almost overnight. We’ve never been in a situation like this.

“We found that there was an increase in anxiety about what the future might look like. There is still a lot of uncertainty. We are really in the midst of that right now.”

Speaking about the main recurring issues, Hennessy said, “There’s a really strong link between finances, debt, and mental health. Anxiety and depression are still really prevalent in the music industry, but those are the main things we’ve seen lately.”

Other issues, such as the impact of Brexit on touring, are also believed to contribute to many musicians’ mental health struggles.

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