The Radio, Music & Media Industries include incredibly intense career paths. Shifts can be 9am-5pm, 9pm-5am, paid, unpaid, paid in exposure, offered at the last minute, or cancelled as you’re outside the studio.

At the SRA, we all do what we do, because of our passion for Radio. However, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t downsides.

This lifestyle is incredibly taxing on your physical and mental wellbeing. You’re expected to work hard, network, and have half a dozen side projects, all at the same time. You might be working full time in this industry, with three different jobs, or working in another career with radio as a side project. Everyone’s journey is different. However, what ties us all together is the effect this can have on our mental health.

If you struggle with this, there can be many challenges you need to face in order for it to improve. Finding professional help, learning about Mental Health disorders, learning about yourself, changing your lifestyle, mindfulness and finding a support network are all examples of popular and effective methods.

Despite all of this, in the past Radio has not been an industry where you feel you can share these struggles. It’s easy to think you’ll be seen as unreliable for freelance work, that you’ll be judged by your peers, or that you might not get the opportunities you’ve worked so hard for because of the stigma attached to it. None of this is true, but that doesn’t make it any easier.

Many people in the industry are now beginning to speak more openly about their struggles, and some stations have run campaigns highlighting this, however we still have a long way to go.

For the past few months the SRA have been working on a Mental Health Campaign that given the current climate, is more important than ever.

We’ve reached out to people across the industry, at various stages in their career to share their stories with us, and with you.

Mental Health awareness isn’t a day, week or month. It’s constant. As such, we’ll be sharing one story a week, every week, until we run out of voices that want to be heard.

We currently have enough for three months. If you want to contribute, we still want to hear from you! Please email Jordan.scudder@studentradio.org.uk with a picture and a voice note for your submission.

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