On World Mental Health Day, event safety specialist Tess has announced that it has partnered Music Support, to further enable the charity’s ambitious training program, along with its work with individuals in the UK music industry suffering from mental, emotional and behavioural health disorders.

Simon James, director of Tess, commented: “With three decades working in live events, I have too many personal experiences witnessing people suffering with mental health issues without adequate support. We work in a pressured environment and we’re very proud to do what we can assisting Music Support bringing empathetic, professional help into the music industry.”

Music Support offers a confidential helpline service as well as running training workshops and has introduced “Safe Hubs” backstage at music festivals, where artists or anyone working backstage can speak confidentially to a trained industry peer mental health first aider for help and advice.

Eric Mtungwazi, managing director of Music Support, added: “Music Support is delighted that Tess has chosen to support the charity in helping industry peers affected by mental ill health and/or addiction issues. Tess is a leader in the field of health and safety needs, and we see this partnership as a significant industry step forward towards putting mental and physical health agenda on more even footing for the wellbeing of the community we serve.”

The charity hosts a 24/7 phone helpline: 0800 030 6789 and is dedicated to be a resource available to anyone working within the industry.