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We are Tonic Music

Our mission is to deliver good mental health and recovery through music



Tonic Music was founded in 2012 upon the belief that participation in music is good for mental health. Originally based in Portsmouth, we have developed into a registered charity operating across the UK, through the provision of in-person and online services.


From our initial work raising awareness, we now champion action. This is achieved by providing mental health support to ensure people continue to professionally and recreationally engage in music.


The Tonic Music team includes qualified mental health practitioners, each with significant experience participating in music as an occupation or hobby.

We provide accessible programmes of mental health support tailored for the following music communities:

Music Industry - people who professionally engage in music (Tonic Rider)

Music Fans - people who recreationally engage in music (Never Mind The Stigma)

Music Youth - organisations engaging young adults in music (Tonic Futures) 


Our programmes equip people with essential mental health skills to support themselves, their peers and the wider music communities.


Within the programmes, we provide four types of mental health support:

1. Therapeutic Sessions

2. Peer Groups

3. Preventative Workshops

4. Training Courses


Each programme also includes bespoke mental health resources in the form of zines, posters and other assets, which we provide to all venues, studios and retailers within music communities.


Alongside this, we also provide mental health outreach services for music communities front-of-house and backstage at gigs, festivals and other events.

Please note: Tonic Music is not a crisis service - we are unable to provide emergency or urgent support.
Tonic Music can only provide mental health support to people aged 18 years or older, including the Tonic Futures programme, which is for young people aged 18 to 25 years.

Our Supporters

Terry Hall (Founding Patron)

The Specials

If you’re suffering, then it is incredibly important to tell people... family, friends, doctors, Tonic!

Barry Ashworth

Dub Pistols

I support Tonic because of the great work they do bringing the issue of mental health into the open.

Kevin Cummins

Music Photographer

It’s vitally important to support groups and charities like Tonic who work tirelessly on behalf of people with mental health problems.



We believe that participation in music and the arts can promote and sustain good mental health.


We champion a recovery-based approach for those experiencing poor mental health.


We believe in empowering people to create healthy environments that promote good mental health.


We advocate discussion, education and inclusion as a means to reducing stigma and breaking down barriers.​

Lynval Golding

The Specials

Amy Bee Sting

Oh My God! It's The Church

Gary Crowley
BBC 6 Music

Seanie T
Dub Pistols

Millie Manders

Millie Manders and The Shutup

Morgan Howell

Denise Black


Eddie Piller
Acid Jazz

Jeff Horton
100 Club

Biff Mitchell
Festival Organiser

Steve Curtis​


Vicki Barwood

Geoff Steward


Geoff Priestley


Gloria Miller


Matt Shires


Steph Langan

Founder & CEO

Jeordie Shenton
Programmes Coordinator

Jade Hughes

Training, Support and Safeguarding Lead

Billy Steere
Graphic Design

Resh Shingdia

Team Administrator

Robbie Ashdown

Head of Event Operations

Luke Fuller

Head of Fundraising Operations

Stanley Iampietro


Tonic Rider Facilitators

Adam Ficek

Tonic Rider Facilitator

Rachel Johnson

Tonic Rider Facilitator

Chris Madden

Tonic Rider Facilitator

Dr Adam Ficek
Adviser/Tonic Rider Facilitator

Dr John Barnes

Zarah Vernham


Adam Churchward

Abbie Amey


Your kind donations help us to keep doing the essential work we do.

Jan Langan
Tonic Volunteer

Tom Langan
Tonic Volunteer

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I can honestly say it’s been an absolute privilege working alongside Tonic this last year‭.‬

Carl Barât

The Libertines and Tonic Music fundraiser

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