Our Recovery Through Music programme provides safe and supportive environments for people to come together, make music, be creative, and make social connections.

To participate, you first need to register with the programme, which will include an appointment with a member of Team Tonic.


Join our Men's Music Jam, in which participants jam together with a variety of instruments.

Who can join the Men's Music Jam?

The group is for men who are currently experiencing problems with their mental health:

  • In hospital or recently discharged

  • Receiving support from services

  • Unwell in the community

Dates and times

Monday 9th May (12:30 - 2pm)

Monday 16th May (12:30 - 2pm)

Monday 23rd May (12:30 - 2pm)

Monday 30th May (12:30 - 2pm)

Monday 6th June (12:30 - 2pm)

Monday 13th June (12:30 - 2pm)


Tonic HQ, Prince Albert Road, Southsea, PO4 9HR


Applicants do not have to attend all 6 weeks, but registration is required to attend at least one session. Only those who have gone through the registration process can take part.

Please take a moment to read the Participant Handbook.


The Men's Music Jam group is funded by Adult Community Mental Health Transformation (No Wrong Door)


Email us with any questions you have about the Men's Music Jam or RTM programme.


What role could Tonic play in your recovery?

We believe that participation in music and the arts can aid you on your journey of recovery.

Many of our participants have previously been admitted to hospital and use Tonic as their way of staying well.

Others use Tonic to aid their transition back into the workplace after a period of mental ill health.

Many more have made new friends and built a support network through Tonic.

We help people to build their resilience, self-worth and confidence through positive risk-taking, accomplishment and artistic expression.

If you would like to talk to a member of Team Tonic about how we could help you, please contact: 


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Sarah Schofield
Rob Coache
Laurence Smith

Vinny Peculiar

“The Tonic workshops have proved inspirational. Seeing people come together to create and connect as musicians, poets and artists has such a strikingly positive effect on their mental wellbeing. I have felt privileged to be a part of the process.”

Vinny Peculiar is a musician, singer-songwriter, poet, music workshop facilitator and Tonic trustee. He is formerly a mental health nurse.

Sarah Schofield

“Tonic is about inclusion and embracing everybody that comes to the workshops and the gigs. It's about being there with the people.”

Rob Coache

“Music is such an important part in someone’s rehabilitation. I’ve been in a hospital ward where if it hadn’t been for a beaten up acoustic guitar with 3 strings, I probably wouldn’t still be here.

“Unfortunately, music isn’t one of those things that can be prescribed on the NHS. It can’t be. They will prescribe therapies and drugs, which are fantastic in their place, but as a recovery tool and occupational therapy music really should be up there. I’ve been in a state where I’ve been quite poorly, but there has been a beaten up guitar that you can just pick up, go somewhere on your own with, and then play music.

“If you're musically minded it can be fantastic. But even if you’re not musically minded, taking the time to try and learn something, or make a sound, can be just as good. You can be as angry as you like with a musical instrument - no one cares.”

Laurence Smith

“I found out about Tonic at the Portsmouth International Kite Festival where they were hosting a stall to raise awareness about mental health and the groups and activities they have to offer. It couldn't have come along at a better time in my life for me!

“I had just completed a drug and alcohol rehab and have suffered from anxiety, bouts of depression, and a lot of self-doubt over the past 20 years. Steph and everyone running the stall were so friendly, comforting, and welcoming, and it put me at ease, so I started to ask some questions.

“This, combined with a love of all types of music and art, has proven to be a truly winning combination for me the past year. I started to attend the art and then later music groups, and found them to be very fun, but most importantly great for my self worth.

“I have met some amazing people at these groups and made some strong friendships with people who can understand some of the feelings I get. It feels like an extended family to me. The groups were thoroughly enjoyable and we have created some outstanding art and music together which I believe has a truly positive effect on the way I think and feel.

“Tonic has given me an outlet to talk about my problems with people I can trust, and any advice I have received has always been a great help. I get as much help from Tonic as I have done from any other service I have engaged with, and in many cases more so.

“I feel that my personal development has vastly improved with the confidence they have helped to rebuild in me. They have massively helped me build a road to a ‘normal’ and successful life, and I feel privileged to be a part of it.”