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Let’s Talk – mental health

Rising rapper CHIKA has announced her retirement from music, citing the “mental toll being in the industry” has had on her. The 2021 Grammy nominee made the announcement via her Twitter on April 11. In a candid statement, CHIKA said, “the mental toll being in the industry has taken on me is not something you […]

Happy Mondays‘ Bez is set to take part in a wing-walk in support of music mental health charity Tonic. The dancer and percussionist will take to the skies for the organisation’s third annual fundraiser ‘Barry Ashworth’s Flying Circus’, with the aforementioned Dub Pistols frontman being a patron of Tonic Music For Mental Health. Taking place […]

An AI software has written “new” songs by Nirvana, Amy Winehouse and more for a project raising awareness for the importance of mental health support. Toronto organisation Over The Bridge has created a compilation featuring songs created via artificial intelligence in the style of musicians who died at the age of 27. ‘Drowned In The […]

A second volume of the ‘Group Therapy’ charity compilation has been released, featuring The Big Moon, Sinead O’Brien and more. The compilation’s first edition arrived last May, and featured contributions from Shame, Porridge Radio, Sorry, Gengahr, and more, with proceeds going to The Music Venues Trust and NHS Charities Together. READ MORE: One year of lockdown: Mental health charities on […]

Arctic Monkeys, Coldplay, Sonic Youth, The Clash, IDLES and The Who are among an all-star list of artists donating rare vinyl to a new charity exhibition. ‘Pressing Matters’, created by Helium London and curated by Pavement Licker, will see artists creating unique pieces of artwork out of rare vinyl and test presses, to be presented […]

The Pretty Reckless’ Taylor Momsen has spoken to Chris Cornell’s daughter, Lily Cornell Silver, about her mental health struggles. Momsen was a guest on the latest episode of Mind Wide Open – a series and podcast hosted by Silver that aims to “help de-stigmatise the conversation around mental health.” Guests on the show have so far included […]

Riley Keough has revealed that she’s completed her training to become a death doula following the death of her brother Benjamin last year. Benjamin – the son of Lisa Marie Presley and Danny Keough, and the grandson of Elvis Presley – died at the age of 27 after taking his own life. Posting on her Instagram […]

Mental health charities for young people and musicians have marked one year of lockdown by speaking to NME about the importance and ease for those struggling to reach out and seek help. Today (Tuesday, March 23) marks the one year anniversary of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announcing the strict measures of the first lockdown to […]

Mental health and meditation app Calm and Universal Music Group have teamed up for a new ‘Sleep Remix Series’. The release, which arrives on World Sleep Day this Friday (March 19), features specially created remixes of huge pop songs from Universal artists, designed to help listeners fall to sleep. The remixes, which last 60 minutes […]

Gerard Way and Julien Baker took part in a special charity livestream event yesterday (March 2) that focused on mental health and music – you can watch the panel discussion below. Organised by Sound Mind Live, the online event sought to bring together “artists in solidarity to promote community support around mental health issues and […]