Last week OTB asked our social media followers on Instagram “WHEN YOUR FEELING DOWN, HOW DO YOU ASK FOR HELP?”
We received a lot of great feedback and tips. We want to thank everyone who messaged us with their suggestions, and told us what has worked for them. Over The Bridge has put together a list of 5 WAYS HOW MUSICIANS CANHOW WE CAN ASK FOR HELP!
1. Acceptance that you need help
For many musicians and crew, this is the most difficult step. Some may feel like they have to swallow their pride. Think to yourself, “What will happen if I don’t get outside help?” And remember, everybody needs help at some time in their lives. You’re no exception. And the person you are asking may need help from you in the future.
2. Know what do you need help with?
Take a moment to find your words. Be specific. It makes it easier for you to ask for help and for the person to know exactly what help you need.
3. Find the right person to help
If it’s an emergency, choose the closest person to you and call 911, if you are in the US call, The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. If you are in Canada, A Crisis Text Line has been made available by Kids Help Phone to adults via texting 741741. Otherwise, if all the people you know, think about who might be the best suited and likely to say “yes.”
4. If appropriate and possible, pay for the help, connect with a therapist or counsellor in your area
5. People like to help, so ask a friend (Peer Support).
Keep in mind that, generally speaking, people want to help someone who really needs help and is grateful for the help. Peer support is a vital resource that should not be overlooked. A friend or even a stranger can give you their time and ear, and encouragement you need But be careful and don’t take advantage of friends. Don’t call at 5 a.m. when it’s not an emergency. If possible, don’t turn to the same person all the time. Don’t forget to say “thank you” and offer to reciprocate if the need arises.
APA Reference Staff, H. (2013, June 27). Are You Afraid to Ask for Mental Health Help?, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2020, May 4 from https://www.healthyplace.com/other-info/mental-health-newsletter/are-you-afraid-to-ask-for-mental-health-help
As long as anyone in our music community is struggling with their mental health, we will keep up the volume!
Get in touch today to start making a difference,
so the show can go on!