As our name implies, Over The Bridge wants to help music makers through the tough times. Once we have become aware of a how the diseases of addiction and mental illness affects our music makers, educating ourselves is the next important step to creating change. Whether we are learning how to self-care, help others, leverage support resources, or implement harm reduction strategies,
EDUCATION MATTERS, SO THE SHOW CAN GO ON!
This argument is a bit more nuanced. Learning can actually slow things down. We need to carry out assessments, evaluations, collect monitoring data, reflect with stakeholders and music communities, and synthesize all that we learn into something usable for decision-making. This takes time and resources.
On the flipside, if we are spending years implementing the wrong intervention or using the wrong approaches, how much of our time and resources are we wasting? And if we come to realize, only years later, that we reinvented a wheel that already existed and failed to function, how much time, energy, and money could we have been saving and putting towards something with greater promise?
In order for all of us to work quickly and efficiently, we work with researchers, addiction recovery, mental health and music industry professionals to bring together the most informed data, reports and news.
What made us excited about getting up today? I’ll let you know it wasn’t our house chores. It is the feeling we get when we help our music community members know they are not alone, and that there are resources available that understand their needs of care.
As an organization, we are at our best when we dedicate ourselves to engaging with addiction, mental health and music community members, so we can best understand our communities needs and available support programs.
Humility narrates how we see ourselves and the world in which we live. When we recognize that there is so much we have yet to understand about addictions recovery and mental health in the music community, how change happens, and how best to go about realizing results, we see a clear need for institutionalizing curiosity in our organization. There is always another question, but how can we go about answering those questions without systematic, intentional, and resourced approaches to learning?
Education matters because it inspires Over The Bridge to make better decisions and realize our goals. When we gain important information about the needs of our music community, we can make more informed decisions. Others who share our vision and values can as well. This eventually allows us to constantly progress and leads to better development.
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!