Health and Wellness

Committing to a Healthy & Balanced Music Community

Folk Alliance International is committed to a balanced and healthy music community, encourages self-care, and appreciates that living as a musician or music industry professional can be a real challenge, with a higher risk for mental illness and substance abuse.

This can be amplified and triggered by consistent factors: public approval/scrutiny, working under stress, unstable income, cost of living, busy tour schedules, distance from family and support, constant proximity to alcohol and drugs, lack of sleep, and more.


Wellness Tips & Self-care Resources

A few self-care check in questions include:

How am I feeling today emotionally?



What can I do to take care of myself today?

Some self-care practices that can be vital to a healthy life and long career include:
Nutrition, Exercise, Rest/Reflection, Balance, and Social Time.


Healthy eating and proper hydration benefits physical and mental well-being.


TIP: Travel with a water bottle and healthy snacks to stay nourished on the road.

Resource: National directory of Farmers Markets


Physical movement releases endorphins that relieve stress and make us feel good.


TIP: Join a gym or yoga studio that is a national chain so you can go any time while on the road. Or try running, yoga, or other exercises you can do on your own.

Resources: Free online Yoga videos / Basic body-weight exercises

Rest & Reflection

Proper sleep and quiet time (not working or “being on”) is an important way to reset and enables us to be better equipped to handle challenges.


TIP: Set up alerts/reminders to take time for yourself, even if just for 5 minutes.

Resource: Free Audio Resources for Mindfulness Meditation


Remember everything in moderation! Having a drink at your gig is fine for some, but having several can hurt your performance and impair your judgment. Same goes for overextending yourself or cramming in too much with too little time.


TIP: Pace yourself in all things. Nothing is more important than your health.

Resource: Work Life Balance / Cutting down on Alcohol

Social Time 

Even for introverts, social time is important. True conversation and meaningful interaction can help us process problems and see things more clearly.

TIP: When traveling/touring solo, make a point to connect with friends and family. 

If you are in need of support please find below some specific resources.


Substance Abuse

24/7 hotline: National Helpline – 1-800-662-HELP (4357) 

Passenger Recovery – (Find AA & NA meetings in various US regions)

Alcoholics Anonymous – Find an AA meeting worldwide

Narcotics Anonymous – Find an NA meeting worldwide

Musicares Addiction Recovery 

Over The Bridge (Mental Health & Addiction Education – Canada)


Suicide Prevention

24 hour National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) 

Hope For The Day (Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Education)

Samaritans (UK)  – Dial 116 123


Mental Health

24 hour National Helpline – 1-800-662-HELP (4357)  (USA) 

The Wishart Group (USA)

Dissonance – Wellness Resources for Artists (USA)

FACTOR – Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent On Recordings (Canada)

Unison Benevolent Fund (Canada)

Over The Bridge (Mental Health & Addiction Education – Canada)

It’s Mental (Canada)

Help Musicians  (UK) 

Music Minds Matter  (UK)

Support Act  (Australia) – 1-800-959-500 Wellbeing Helpline is accessible 24/365


Sexual Assault

24 hour National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673

FAI’s Creating a Safe & Inclusive Music Community document



Comments or Questions? 

We are constantly seeking new ways to welcome and support creators, helpers, and lovers of folk music worldwide. If you have any questions or comments about these resources or anything related to Folk Alliance International, please contact