Supporting our students whilst they study
According to mental health charity, Mind, it is estimated that one in six of us will experience a common mental health problem (such as anxiety and depression) in any given week. The drive to launch a career in music alongside living in a new city and the more adult approach to studying can mean that some students find the prospect of moving to university daunting.
It is because of this that Echo Factory takes the mental health of its students so seriously.
In 2017, the charity Help Musician UK surveyed over 2,000 musicians across various genres and found that 1,569 (four in five of total respondents) had experienced frequent signs of anxiety and panic attacks – an increase of more than 200% compared to a similar survey they conducted in 2014.
In response to this, they launched a free emotional helpline to provide musicians, managers, labels and tour crews with 24/7 advice and support.
At Echo Factory, we are equally dedicated to supporting our students throughout and beyond their time with us.
In keeping our class sizes small, we provide personalised, industry-focused teaching that develops our students’ abilities both as musicians and entrepreneurs, and we are proud that our staff know all our students by name.
By combining rigorous preparation for employability with a nurturing approach to our teaching, we ensure that our students are supported and empowered to seek and develop their passion for music in whatever direction they choose.
In addition to offering academic support and guidance, our team pride themselves on being accessible and supporting students with existing mental health conditions or those who are facing difficulties in their personal life by offering advice/support in the following ways:
- Simply having an informal chat and being there for our students to talk to.
- Practical support and training to address issues such as anxiety and stage fright.
- Assessing if practical adjustments could be made to reduce the impact that a mental health condition has on your studies.
- Free welfare and counselling service.
- Access to learning support mentors who can assist students with additional support requirements. This can include study skills support, extensions for assessment deadlines, mentoring, or assistance in applying for Disabled Student Allowance funding.
- Signposting and supporting access to local statutory services, counsellors and other agencies that can offer further support and assistance.