Over The Bridge is a non-profit with a mandate to raise awareness, provide education and build a community to support mental health and addiction recovery for musicians and members of the music industry.
With respect, empathy, and confidentiality, Over The Bridge is a lifeline for the music industry’s long-term success. Using the music industry as a conduit, Over The Bridge assists people in cultivating and achieving long-term mental health and addiction recovery goals.
Over The Bridge is a narration of the music industry’s understanding, generosity, and philanthropy, assisting industry members when they are at their most vulnerable due to mental illness or the disease of addiction.
An inspirational, positive song lyric, tweet, or quote to the press, the music industry has the rare ability to influence millions of people all over the world, in just a split second. Over The Bridge believes that by influencing the influencers (i.e., members of the music industry) with their fight against mental illness and the disease of addiction, we can create a positive impact — not just in our industry, but also for people around the world.
Since August 2017, Over The Bridge has trained, educated and/or emotionally supported over 2,000 music industry members.
In an industry where maintaining good mental health is challenging, and substance abuse is normalized and glorified, it is our goal to help those in need cross the bridge over troubled waters.
Through personal experiences, research evidence, and testimonies from music industry colleagues, Over The Bridge founding partners, Ace Piva and Cole Smith were inspired to serve the industry that they love. Recognizing the absence of mental health and addiction recovery education, harm reduction training, and long-term support services dedicated to the music industry, Ace determined it was time to establish programs and services that make a difference to the people in and behind the spotlight of the stage.
Piva says “At the beginning of August 2017, Over The Bridge was originally created as a resource for mental health and addictions recovery, and as a peer-to-peer Facebook support group for musicians, road crews, technicians, managers, agents, promoters, record labels, live music venue and festival workers. However, it became quite clear early on that there was very little to no mental wellness and addiction recovery programs or services in place for the music industry that addressed these very important life and career-threatening personal issues”.
Smith continues, “Conversations, suggestions, and encouragement, made by early members of the Over The Bridge group asked us to do more. By the end of August 2017, Over The Bridge became an incorporated non-profit organization”.
Bringing together an amalgamation of a synergetic collective from the mental health, addictions recovery, and music industries, our Board of Directors will be established in early 2019.
Based in Toronto, Ontario, Over The Bridge has been developing mental health and addiction recovery awareness, education, training programs, and long-term support services. Over The Bridge has partnered with professional and peer-to-peer services to aid, assist, and support people from the music industry.
Over The Bridge understands that mental health and addiction can affect anyone, and particularly those who dedicate their life to music. By devoting time, passion, and investment into education, training programs, and long-term support services, Over The Bridge empowers individuals in music to seek help during troubled times and to invest not only into the longevity of their career in music, but also in the quality of their life.
GOALS / COMMITMENTS
- Create a music industry, mental health and addiction recovery, and financial assistance program focused on long-term recovery.
- Establish a wellness center in Toronto, where Over the Bridge can provide specialized one-on-one and group recovery programs and services.
- Make it easier for the music industry to gain access to long-term support services.
- Enhance awareness of addiction and mental health education and support services by increasing alliances and collaborations.
- Generate addictions and mental health training, and facilitate education opportunities at music festivals, wellness conferences, music venues, online, and with documentaries, videos, literature, and advertisements.
- Respect, inform, and involve the music industry in our research about addictions and mental health.