Mental Health issues in Community Music
(eg. Brass Bands)
Mental health problems in the community music sector are becoming increasingly prevalent, especially within brass bands. Recent studies suggest that mental health issues like depression and stress amongst brass band members are on the rise, caused by factors such as heavy workloads, limited funding, and a lack of awareness. This is concerning, given the importance of mental health for wellness. Thus, brass bands must prioritise mental health requirements when discussing plans and operations, creating an environment where members feel safe and supported.
This can be achieved through increased collaboration with mental health professionals to provide advice on how to improve mental health support structures. By doing this, community music organisations can create long-term solutions that address mental health concerns within brass bands and all community music groups.
Mental health problems are a growing concern in the general population and all communities. That includes those participating in community-based musical activities, such as brass bands. The mental well-being of brass band members and leaders is of utmost importance to ensure conducive environments and minimise unhealthy behaviours on and off the podium. This can only be done by addressing mental health issues without judgement or stigma, developing awareness campaigns and educational initiatives for mental health problem prevention, and developing programs that allow band members to seek professional support when needed. Ultimately, these steps will provide more opportunities for brass bands to thrive in an inclusive and supportive environment.