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The Christmas period for hospitality and the late night sector is challenging as it is for all. To ensure that you are not alone throughout this festive season the festive season and facilitate support, here are some resources from one of our partners, Tonic Music:
Programme Outline
Tonic Rider is a new programme from the registered charity Tonic Music for Mental Health with the aim of promoting good mental health in the music industry.
The programme is FREE to ALL music industry professionals and consists of the following online training courses, support groups and taught workshops:
Acceptance Commitment Therapy – two and a half hour workshop teaching participants about mindfulness practice and using values to aid mental health.
Emotional Resilience – two and a half hour workshop teaching participants strategies for coping and regulating emotions in everyday life.
Mental Health Awareness in the Music Industry – six-hour course training participants about the issues unique to the music industry and how they affect mental health (CPD accredited provided by Rachel Jepson).
Mental Health First Aid – two-day course training participants how to identify, understand and help someone who may be experiencing a mental health issue (MHFA England accredited).

Music Performance Anxiety – two and a half hour workshop teaching participants to identify and manage the effects of anxieties related to performance.


Peer Support Group – weekly 90-minute groups across six weeks supporting participants to share their experiences with other music industry professionals (funded by Help Musicians).


Suicide Intervention – three and a half hour course training participants in the theory and practice of suicide intervention skills that can be applied in professional or personal settings.


Wellbeing Group – weekly 90-minute group across six weeks supporting participants with goal-based planning around nutrition, sleep and physical health.


Each course, group and workshop is facilitated by a qualified mental health professional with experience working in music, using a non-clinical approach to equip music industry professionals with the skills to support themselves and others.


To register onto the Tonic Rider programme, a registration form can be found on the Tonic Rider webpage or for direct access to the registration form, click here.


Peer Support Group Outline
The peer support group is a six-week programme consisting of 12 music industry professionals (including night industries professionals) meeting virtually (via Zoom), once a week at a set date and time (Mondays 12:00pm-1:30pm), with each session facilitated by Adam Ficek (musician and psychotherapist). These sessions offer music industry professionals a safe space where everyone can feel comfortable bringing their own set of challenges and experiences to be explored within the group.


Quote from Adam Ficek – “I divide my time between being a professional musician and a psychotherapist immersed in the world of the music industry. From my experience in both worlds, I have witnessed the steady increase in psychological distress across the board in these environments. The pressures faced within the volatile and precarious infrastructure of the music industry can lead to both high rewards and crashing lows. From my own psychological journey, I highly value the specialist support and understanding that the Tonic Rider programme provides. I feel privileged to be a part of Tonic Rider, and I look forward to using my own experiences as a musician and psychotherapist to develop a much-needed resource for everyone in the music industry.”
Source: Tonic Music

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