Promoting good mental health in the music industry 

Tonic Rider Certification for venues

Videos, blogs and podcasts

Information, guides and support to promote good mental health

Raising awareness of mental health issues and suicide in the music industry

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) and Suicide Prevention training 

Tonic stands at festivals and events

Virtual peer support group

Email support provided by mental health professionals

Resources

 

The Tonic Rider provides free resources to promote good mental health in the music industry.

Please use the links below to view and download Tonic Rider information and resources.

Many people working in the music industry suffer from mental health issues. They can be brought on by the highs and the lows, the touring, the late nights, and the lifestyle. The industry can be volatile and competitive, with no financial security. This leaves people vulnerable to developing mental health issues.

The Tonic Rider aims to address this by providing music industry-specific mental health support.

“The Tonic Rider is a new programme to promote good mental health in the music industry, providing mental health support both remotely and at venues. With the music industry on its knees and many people having lost their livelihoods, it is needed now more than ever.”

Barry Ashworth

Dub Pistols / Patron

Features

 

 Mental Health Guides 

A collection of Mental Health Guides is being written by our team of mental health professionals in consultation with our contacts in the music industry.

They cover a variety of topics, including:

  • anxiety

  • depression

  • performance anxiety

  • post-show blues

  • partying too hard

  • sleep

  • the pressures of the music industry

Digital versions of the Mental Health Guides are freely available in the Resources section at the top of the page.

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 MHFA and Suicide Prevention training 

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) and Suicide Prevention training will be provided free to grassroots venues. MHFA training provides the skills needed to recognise and support someone experiencing mental health difficulties.

Our training programmes are being piloted at the 100 Club in London and the Wedgewood Rooms in Portsmouth, before being rolled out to green rooms, festivals and Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) members across the UK.

We will also be providing training courses developed in-house, tailored to the needs of the music industry.

 Virtual peer support group 

A virtual peer support group is being run by Adam Ficek – musician, psychotherapist and Babyshambles drummer.

“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 the 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.”

Adam Ficek

Musician / Psychotherapist / Babyshambles

 Tonic stands at events 

Tonic already has years of experience providing pop-up stands at gigs, festivals and events under the banner of our Never Mind the Stigma campaign. We provide information, promote our cause, and raise funds to keep Tonic services free for those in need.

These stands are being expanded to include the Tonic Rider, enabling us to provide direct support to anyone in need, including backstage support for people on tour.

We also plan to expand our work at festivals with live music, chill out areas, and a dedicated team to provide mental health support.

Tonic have been attending festivals, gigs and tours since our very beginning. We receive such an incredible response, with so many people opening up to us about their experience of mental health, and we know we can make a bigger impact with the Tonic Rider.

 Videos, blogs and podcasts 

A series of videos, blogs and podcasts are being produced, covering topics such as:

  • Mental health in the music industry

  • Suicide Prevention – recognise, act, save lives

  • How to create a safety plan

  • Skills masterclass videos (mindfulness, CBT, etc.)

We also conduct live interviews.

To find out detailed information about the services the Tonic Rider is providing, please read the Information Booklet:

If you have any questions, please contact us at:  tonicrider@tonicmusic.co.uk 

 

 Barry's Flying Circus 

Barry’s Flying Circus is an annual Tonic Rider fundraiser founded by Tonic patron and daredevil Mr Barry Ashworth, taking place at AeroSuperBatics in Cirencester. Tonic wingwalkers are strapped to the wing of a biplane to perform aerobatics in the skies over the Cotswolds. The 2020 edition kickstarted the Tonic Rider by raising over £30,000.

Having recently lost fellow artists to suicide, Barry knows only too well how touring pressure, excess and exhaustion can have devastating consequences. Mental health support in the music industry is paramount.

2020 saw Barry, Bez and the Barry’s Flying Circus team come together for a heartfelt day, creating some very special memories along the way. On behalf of Tonic Music for Mental Health, we united to raise funds for the Tonic Rider.

Our mission? To promote good mental health in the music industry.

Both Barry and Tonic Music for Mental Health are looking forward to 2021, when Barry’s Flying Circus will be hosting a two-day event, welcoming many new members.

To join Barry’s Flying Circus, please contact:  dawn@tonicmusic.co.uk 

 Barry's Flying Circus 2020 

“What a great day supporting Tonic – a mental health charity. I’m lucky coz I’m happy mental. Within my own band, we’ve had quite a few members who’ve suffered mental health issues, so it’s great to see that there’s a charity out there who recognise support is needed in the industry. So many people have such uncertain futures.

“Everyone going through life suffers highs and lows, and when you’re at one of those low points, it’s good to know that there’s a bit of support out there for you.

“I think the most important thing is not being afraid to speak out and talk, because when you share your problems it always lightens the load. Hopefully, there are better times ahead.”

Bez

Happy Mondays / Tonic fundraiser

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Get Involved

 

If you are a venue, festival, band, musician, crew member, or anyone else involved in the music industry, we would like to hear from you!

 Venues 

  • Help support bands, musicians, crew and staff by requesting our free Tonic Rider Packs for your green room, staffroom and venue.

  • Once you’ve received your Tonic Rider Packs, get involved by promoting our campaign across social media.

  • If you are a grassroots venue and would like your staff trained in Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) and Suicide Prevention, please contact us for more details on how to register.

 Festivals 

  • Get in touch if you would like Tonic to attend your event with our Tonic Rider / Never Mind the Stigma stands and live lounges.

 Musicians and Crew 

  • If you would like to share your story and have it published on our blog, please get in touch – we can support you to do this.

  • Take part in a podcast or live video chat to discuss your experiences with our team.

We want everyone working in the music industry to share their experiences and be a part of our virtual and in-person campaigns. Sharing your experiences will encourage more musicians and music industry professionals to open up and seek support when needed.

The Tonic Rider programme works with musicians and crew to help get the industry talking. Through discussion and education, we can break the stigma and promote good mental health in the music industry.

To get involved, please contact us at:  tonicrider@tonicmusic.co.uk 

 Tonic Rider Supporters 

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Support Us

Tonic Music for Mental Health is a small charity with limited resources.

For the Tonic Rider to succeed, and for us to be able to provide our services to grassroots venues for free, we require financial support.

Please support us in any way you can:

  • Make a donation

  • Hold a fundraiser (virtual or physical)

  • Donate a signed or unique item

  • Invite us to have a stand or area at your gig / festival

  • Dedicate a song to the Tonic Rider with proceeds going to the programme

  • Promote our cause on social media

  • Sponsor our programmes

  • Give your time and get involved!

To offer your support, please contact us at:  tonicrider@tonicmusic.co.uk 

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