As Mental Health Awareness Week begins to draw to a close, we thought of putting together some useful resources to support your emotional well-being even beyond this week.
Raising awareness of the impact of loneliness on our mental health helps taking steps towards tackling it together.
Although there are many different resources out there, it can be hard to find what you need, or know how best to access the support available. Here at the Fund we try to ensure that the range of support on offer meets the needs of our members by making it easy to search for timely help.
Your health and well-being are important to us!
Mental Health Support
If you’re struggling to cope we work with Help Musicians‘ Music Minds Matter, which offers a free and confidential 24/7 mental health support line.
PRS for Music members have access to information, advice, listening, emotional support and signposting to additional services. It can really help to have a chat about how you’re feeling so just give Music Minds Matter a call – anytime day or night – on 0808 802 8008 or visit https://explore.musicmindsmatter.org.uk/.
We offer wellness webinars with our partners to support PRS members by exploring important issues, sharing experiences and discussing new solutions. If you want to find out the range of support the Fund and fellow organisations can offer and how to access useful resources, watch one of our webinar full recording by clicking here.
To celebrate this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week, our welfare & development officer Athena Pite reflected on latest events and the importance of good mental health.
Click here to read the full article.
Looking After Your Mental Health
We’ve put together a guideline with tips on looking after your mental health; check our poster clicking below:
Physical Health Support
We work with others to ensure that members have access to medical assessments and treatments, and we can fund the cost. We can provide grants for mobility equipment and home adaptations.
We work with British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM), who can help guide you to find specialist health assessments and support. Call BAPAM at 020 7404 8444 or visit https://www.bapam.org.uk/, let them know you are a PRS member.
Cost of Living
The help on offer from the Fund is expanding. We can provide grants and offer welfare support for financial, health, family and care-related needs.
Our support usually represents grants to cover general day-to-day living costs, but other areas of grant support include funeral costs, essential household repairs, replacement of white goods, arrears, winter fuel assistance for the vulnerable, and other emergency costs.
If you need financial help buying household or other essential items, please make sure that you apply to the Fund before you commit to making a purchase.
If you have financial worries we work with StepChange and we can refer you directly for a confidential and personalised service.
If you’re not sure if you qualify for help, take a free 60-second test, the StepChange team will let you know if you need debt advice and suggest what your next steps could be. Take the test here.
We work with The Francis W Reckitt Arts Trust, a registered charity which supports residential stays for professional artists, writers and composers where they can get away for short periods of time for holidays, convalescence or quiet working time.
Looking for space to work on your songwriting? Click here to find out more.