Patron Kevin Cummins said:
“With swingeing Tory government cuts plunging mental health care into one crisis after another, it’s vitally important to support groups and charities like Tonic who work tirelessly on behalf of people with mental health problems. Huge benefit cuts are next on the agenda, while Theresa May and co. appear to be trying to outdo Thatcher to see who is the most uncaring Tory government of all time. The failure of this government to support people who've been marginalised through no fault of their own is an act of barbaric criminality. This is why I was honoured to accept a role as a patron of Tonic and hopefully with your help we can all make a difference.”
Patron Terry Hall said:
“I'm proud to be a patron of Tonic Music for Mental Health. They're a great organisation that run music and art projects that anyone can get involved in.
“One of the things I did when I became ill, because I couldn't communicate, was to start painting. My therapist had said it was a good way to express yourself, so I started to paint The Jackson 5, except the first one I drew ended up with six of them on it! Anything that gives you a voice is really good. Art and music are a great outlet and have been such an important part of my recovery.”
Challenging stigma through music
Tonic Music for Mental Health is a not-for-profit organisation based in the South-Coast of England and established in 2012. We are honoured to have both Terry Hall (The Specials) and Kevin Cummins (Music Photographer) as our patrons.
Tonic raises awareness and challenges the stigma often associated with mental illness through music and art based events. We organise music workshops, gigs, art groups, and community projects throughout the year for people experiencing mental health problems.
We were most recently invited to attend The Specials gigs on their 2016 tour where we had information stalls. Tonic supports musicians and artists by funding art and music projects that helps individual recovery and enables the individual to earn an income through their craft.
In the current climate of austerity measures and government cuts, services available to people with mental health problems are often limited and hard to access. We aim to support people who may already be receiving input from mental health services and those who have not had any previous contact to provide an inclusive support network to help people through their recovery.
Watch the videos below for an introduction to the work we do.