The Specialized Project will now be supporting Tonic, as well as Teenage cancer trust and Youth music, Terry Hall is also a patron, helping people with mental health issues.
Tonic Music for Mental Health is a not-for-profit organisation (company number 08093898) based in the South-Coast of England. Established June 2012. 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.
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.
Tonic’s most recent campaign is to purchase instruments for all NHS psychiatric hospitals across the UK to help aid individual recovery through music. Tonic also provides voluntary and work experience opportunities for creative people who have direct experience of mental illness.