Sometimes being a singer (and a person!) can be hard. Here are a few resources that can help you along the way. Your first port of call should be your doctor if you’re struggling, but these services may also be able to help! First up, a list of charities! Scroll down to discover a list of mood boosting podcasts that may make you smile and feel less alone.
Charities- (because it’s good to talk, and everyone needs help now and again)
For Young People:
The Brandon Centre offers counselling and psychotherapy to young people (aged 12-24) (*London based)
Young Minds offer support to kids. They have a helpline : 0808 802 5544 (Monday to Friday 9.30am – 4pm, free for mobiles and landlines)
For Professional Musicians
Music Support help anyone working in the music industry with addiction and mental health issues.
CALM (the campaign against living miserably) offer support to men. They have a webchat, as well as helpline on 0800 58 58 58. They recently featured singer Benedict Cork, who wrote a song about his experience called Therapy.
for those who identify as LGBTQ+
Switchboard offer a helpline for LGBTQ+ people who need support, as well as online chat.
Other helpful charities..
The Samaritans offer free round the clock support for anyone who needs it. The number is 116 123
Mind offer advice and will be able to advise you of help and support in your local area.
Intrusive Thoughts offer support to OCD sufferers and are doing things a little differently! Their website is beautiful, as they’ve tried to avoid the overly ‘medical’ look of a lot of charity websites.
This is by no means an exhaustive list, but hopefully you’ll find these contacts useful.
Mood Boosting Podcasts!
I love a good podcast! here are a few that are worth a listen…
Mad World by Bryony Gordon
This podcast is sheer brilliance. I love the fact that Bryony starts each one off by asking her famous guests” how are you?” and people actually answer honestly!Far from gloomy, her interviews have so much heart, and are full of hope and humour. Previous episodes have featured Mel C, composer James Rhodes, Will Young, and Prince Harry.
Wobble with Jules Von Hep and Sarah Powell
Jules and Sarah focus on happiness and body confidence in this frank, uplifting podcast.
Happy Place with Fearne Cotton
Fearne speaks to famous guests (including singers Paloma Faith and Gary Barlow) about what makes them happy. I particularly enjoyed hearing Paloma talking about pregnancy has had a positive impact on her singing. She also shares wise words about how you can’t please everybody- not everyone will like you, and that’s ok!
The lovely George Ezra chats to his contemporaries about life as a musician. So incredibly inspiring! When else do you get to hear about what it’s really like to be a famous musician? George has had some legends on the show, from Elton John and Nile Rodgers to Sam Smith and Hannah from London Grammar (the list goes on and on). Perhaps because they’re talking to a fellow professional (not a journalist looking for soundbites) you get REAL TALK. So refreshing, and so awesome.
I hope this list has been helpful to you, in some small way! There’s no substitute for connecting with family and friends, and getting professional support. Nevertheless, realising you’re not alone can be helpful.
Stay wonderful and keep singing,