Tonic Music for Mental Health is a not-for-profit organisation based in the South-Coast of England. Established June 2012. Terry Hall (The Specials) and Kevin Cummins.
Tonic Music for Mental Health is a not-for-profit organisation (company number 08093898) based in the South-Coast of England. Established June 2012 by Steph Langan. Terry Hall (The Specials) and Kevin Cummins (Music Photographer) are both Tonic patrons.
Tonic raises awareness and challenges the stigma often associated with mental illness through music and art based events and activities in association with an array of established and local artists.
Music workshops, gigs, art groups and community projects take place throughout the year. All music and art workshops we facilitate are free, open to all and take place in established music venues such as The Wedgewood Rooms in Portsmouth, The Joiners and The Stage Door (previously The Cellar) in Southampton. Music workshops help build confidence and self esteem, giving an opportunity for all participants to perform at a music gig. Art groups create artwork for Tonic gigs, free art hidden around Cities & festivals for people to find and keep, Zines, music inspired beermats, crafts, stencil, graffiti & street art, mindfulness colouring books, thought provoking affirmations & more. Weekly art & music groups take place at The Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea.
Tonic financially supports musicians and artists experiencing mental illness through funding art and music projects that serve to promote individual recovery and provide a route to enabling the individual to earn an income from their craft. Projects include funding an EP for band The High Wire Act and paying for an art space and start up costs for project In A Bind. Tonic also financially supports musicians and artists plan, run & facilitate music and art groups. Steph has recently opened the Tonic Shop AT 119 Highland Rd, Portsmouth, Southsea PO4 9EY
Tonic does not receive grants or funding – we are totally independent. All money is raised through fundraising activities, organising events and participating in various festivals, street markets, gigs and community events.
Patron Terry Hall said:
“I’m proud to be a patron of Tonic Music for Mental Health. They’re a great organisation that run music and art projects that anyone can get involved in.
“One of the things I did when I became ill, because I couldn’t communicate, was to start painting. My therapist had said it was a good way to express yourself, so I started to paint The Jackson 5, except the first one I drew ended up with six of them on it! Anything that gives you a voice is really good. Art and music are a great outlet and have been such an important part of my recovery.”
Tonic needs ongoing support to continue providing our workshops and support for free, for everyone. There are lots of ways you can help:
Organise a fundraising event such as a skydive or gig
Purchase some of our merchandise via our website, eBay shop, or shop at 119 Highland Road
Buy a Portsmouth lottery ticket — we receive 50p for each ticket sold when you sign up to support Tonic
Make a donation to us via our JustGiving page
You can also give your time and get involved!
To view our short promotional film: