As the Covid-19 pandemic and its live-music lockdowns in many countries continues, there is still a great deal of concern about the wellbeing of musicians and their teams. But thankfully there are a growing number of support schemes focusing on the mental health of our community. The latest, in the UK, is called Tonic Rider, launched this week by charity Tonic Music For Mental Health.
Two of the charity’s patrons, Barry Ashworth (of the Dub Pistols) and Terry Hall (of The Specials) announced the new program, which will offer a range of free digital workshops and resources. “Among my music circle, it’s been devastating to lose friends to suicide since the pandemic. People have lost their livelihoods, their identities, their confidence and have feelings of anxiety, depression and feelings of hopelessness,” said Ashworth. “The need is urgent and I’m really honoured to work with an organisation that is providing practical support where it’s most needed.”
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