Anxiety and mental health concerns affect over one in four of us at some point. JAMES believes that students should feel they have entered the Music and Media industries on the day they start their university course. The majority of the Music and Media workforce, particularly freelance, performers and live event organisers and practitioners, experience high levels of stress and anxiety. In many ways, ‘It comes with the territory’.

Students who find they are struggling to cope at university should be encouraged to learn coping mechanisms and ‘Life Skills’ as soon as possible, to help them through university, their career and the rest of their life.

Below are just a few support resources that JAMES feels could be informative and helpful.

Incorporated Society of Musicians -
Music Support advice -
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Student Minds is the UK's student mental health charity who after many months of research, have released the 'University Mental Health Charter'. They say,

"You shared your experiences. We listened. The Charter provides a set of key principles to support you and universities across the UK in making mental health a university-wide priority. Together we can shape a future in which everyone in higher education can thrive."

Click on the 'cover image' to view and download the Charter PDF file.

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Starting university can be a wonderful and exciting experience, but it can also bring its own unique challenges. It’s natural to feel nervous or overwhelmed during the first few weeks at university, and it can be a while before you feel like you’ve found your feet.

Student Minds created this resource as a way to help you and your peers address some important things that aren’t usually talked about, but are important to think about at this transition point in your life. They know that not all life’s lessons need to be learned the hard way. Sometimes knowing what to expect and getting some tips on what to do can go a long way to helping a person find their own way.

Click on the image to view and download Transitions, designed to help you along the way!

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Music Managers Forum
Artist managers have always been at the epicentre of the business of artists. As the only people with a 360-degree, 365-day view of what’s going on in an artists life, you are at the forefront of any issues arising, including those around the health or wellbeing of the artist.

One in four adults in the UK will deal with mental health issues at some point in their lives. Becoming unwell can be a very scary, isolating experience but the most important two things to remember are -

It is not a weakness… and you are not alone.

Click on the image to view and download the Music Managers' Guide to Mental Health.
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The British Association of Performing Arts Medicine
BAPAM is a specialist healthcare charity giving medical advice to performing arts professionals and students.

If you make a proportion of your living from, or study in the performing arts, and have a health problem related to your work, BAPAM can help you. They currently hold free clinics in London, Glasgow, Cardiff, Birmingham and Leeds.

To arrange an appointment call 020 7404 8444, 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.
The Ultimate Guide to Alcohol Misuse
Coming at the subject of Wellbeing from a slightly different angle, alcohol is an easy 'go to' for those times when daily anxieties just become too much.

This excellent guide from the website - - will clearly and simply illustrate the affects of alcohol - and its misuse.
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