Tonic is a mental health charity for musicians that is gaining more attention and deserves even more. Babyshambles’ Adam Ficek recently spoke to NME about why Tonic is such an important resource to have. He said, “The reason I started working with Tonic was the emphasis put on not only those struggles, but how music can also help. The industry itself is predominantly late nights, there’s an abundance of alcohol. There’s the social environment, then there’s the psychological environment of where people have come from with their own wounds and how that interacts with that.”
The organization was founded in 2012 and has been helping musicians ever since. The Tonic Rider programme is specifically for musicians, with peer support groups and workshops to help promote and maintain mental health. The charity also sets up booths at music festivals. The Recovery Through Music programme, “provides creative mental health support so people can come together, learn new skills, get creative, and make new friends.” To check out Tonic’s events, volunteer, donate, or learn more about what they have to offer head here.