Live music is the heart and soul of Austin, but living as a musician can be a real challenge. Musicians and music professionals are at higher risk for mental illness and substance abuse, working under the stress of an unstable income, a skyrocketing cost of living, erratic tour schedules, distance from family and support, and constant proximity to drugs and alcohol.
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one in five Texans experiences a mental health condition each year, yet Texas ranks 46th among U.S. states for mental health care accessibility. In this session, you will learn from a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and the head of a local nonprofit to learn how they are closing the care gaps for Austin’s entertainers.
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