The ISM Members Fund, a sister charity of the Incorporated Society of Musicians, has today launched a new counselling service, including face-to-face counselling, as part of a new range of services available to members offered by the ISM Members Fund.

The new service, operated by Health Assured, is completely confidential and includes telephone counselling, face-to-face counselling (up to six sessions) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

Deborah Annetts, Chief Executive of the Incorporated Society of Musicians said: ‘Looking after your mental health is just as important as your physical health – and we know first-hand from our members the challenges out there for everyday musicians. The music sector has a high level of self-employed workers and in the largely unregulated gig economy, where short-term contracts or freelance work is prevalent, there are high levels of stress and anxiety. We hope that this new service not only helps our members take control of their mental wellbeing but contributes to the discussion of mental health in our enriching, but challenging, industry.’

The pilot phase of this new service will run between July and December 2019, on a first-come-first-served basis.

Other new services will be announced in the autumn.

Find out more about the ISM Members Fund at ism.org/membership/members_fund

 

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