Mental Health Matters: Practical Guide for the Touring Musician

By Troi Allen-Lowery

I was really excited about this SXSW panel because I think mental health is super important. I was expecting the panel to be able how to deal with your mental health while touring on the road. However, it was more like a shameless self-promotion. The moderator had a product they were trying to promote, saying how great it is on the go and to put on riders.

The panel was pretty ridiculous, to say the least. It benefited off of the topic of mental health to sell a product that no one out right had any interest in to begin with. While I normally have no problem people selling or advertising their products, this was really disingenuous so it really rubbed me the wrong way. Mental health, especially in the any creative field, is super important and should be talked about a lot.