Help Musicians UK partners with Getahead for first 24-hour mental health festival

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Help Musicians UK (HMUK) has announced that it is the official charity partner of Getahead Festival, the world’s first 24-hour urban festival of the head.

A non-profit social purpose venture from AEI Group and Techdept, the festival aims to be the ‘SXSW of mental health and wellbeing’, helping music fans and creative entrepreneurs learn how to achieve their goals without burning out.

Highlights include a pre-work rave, talks, panel discussions, live music, comedy and an all-night disco from 6am-6am.

HMUK has partnered with AEI Group and Getahead as part of a long-term plan to collaborate and affect industry-wide positive change in mental health and wellbeing.

HMUK at Getahead Festival

The charity will curate a series of panel discussions at Getahead Festival as follows:

  • Self-care for creative entrepreneurs
  • Music Minds Matter and mental health in the music industry
  • Addiction in the entertainment industry

The discussions will feature expert guests including:

  • DJ and journalist, Goldierocks
  • music industry psychotherapist, Chris Madden
  • psychotherapist and ex-Babyshambles member, Adam Ficek
  • breath expert and former DJ, Stuart Sandeman
  • researcher of HMUK’s Can Music Make You Sick? mental health report, Sally Anne Gross

There will also be a showcase of emerging artists championed and supported by HMUK, including Elsa Hewitt and Ben Pearce.

The charity will conclude its schedule by hosting an early evening networking session where attendees can ask advice and explore the day’s topics in more detail with mental health professionals, experts and panel members.

Help Musicians UK’s Director of External Affairs, Christine Brown, said:

‘We’re excited to partner with AEI Group for the inaugural Getahead Festival. HMUK is in it for the long-haul for the music industry’s mental health and, with our common vision, this partnership has the potential to grow and affect real change. It is imperative, more than ever, that we continue to advocate and promote the importance of wellbeing in the music industry with like-minded organisations to spread the message far and wide.

‘Health and welfare is the golden thread of the charity and, through our landmark 24/7 mental health support line and service, Music Minds Matter, as well as the #HearForMusicians musicians’ hearing health scheme and many other vital programmes and events, HMUK continues to invest in health and wellbeing and we can’t wait to be part of the success of Getahead, now and in future years to come.’

Getahead Festival takes place at OMEARA, London, on 13 June 2018.

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