Mental health and addiction recovery services for Austin music industry and their families. Header photo provided by Homestead Creative Studio.
RT @sarahickman: It was an act of war. I concur. facebook.com/story.php?stor…
Last year, our friend Carl began the Grace Notes Project to give musicians in recovery an outlet to give back to the community. They're raising money to purchase a PA system, and we wanted to share this fundraiser to help them reach their goal! facebook.com/donate/2351036…
“We are the generation that’s watched several other generations of musicians turn to drugs and turn to excess and coping mechanisms that have destroyed them... We have a responsibility to talk about it and to remove the stigma.” theguardian.com/music/2018/jul…
Excited to be a part of @Pennyloaferpr's Pennyfest 2018, Sep 7 at @barracudaaustin! The lineup is stacked, with @quietcompanytx, @TheWellBand, @darkbirdband, @drjoemusic, @blackwhiteyears and a ton more. Grab your tickets now! facebook.com/events/2115433… https://t.co/RCIhGmGv3b
RT @troydillinger: Don’t let #4thOfJuly rain ruin your day - we’re making our own #fireworks from 7pm-12am w. great #Austin #music & #comed…
We're looking forward to celebrating @troydillinger's time in Austin tomorrow night at Troy Dillinger's "Bon Troyage Austin": A GTFO Party & Fundraiser at @saxonpub! We hope to see you all there. https://t.co/uSbpwhN3AM
Community Impact's @TopherJNeely has done an incredible job following the opioid crisis in Austin and how our city and SIMS Foundation have responded. communityimpact.com/austin/central…
Thank you @StDavidsFDN for continuing to support the mental well-being of the Austin music family. Our gratitude can be heard in all the live music you hear this year! SIMS' Darlene Starr and Patsy Bouressa with St. David's CEO, Earl Maxwell. https://t.co/FlsGn4r7I5
We lost a Texas metal legend this weekend. Vinnie Paul was one of the hardest hitting drummers you could find anywhere, helping to shape the direction of heavy metal for generations to come. Rest in peace, Vinnie. rollingstone.com/music/news/vin…
When someone you're close to is depressed for a lengthy period, being their support system can feel like a hopeless exercise at times. This article has some good tips to consider for when you're not sure what you can say or do to help. nytimes.com/2018/06/07/hea…
The Grace Notes Project, founded by our friend Carl Schmid, uses the healing power of music to give back to musicians in recovery and the community as a whole. We couldn't be prouder of Carl and everyone involved! fox7austin.com/news/local-new…
mystatesman.com/news/local/are… Although the opioid crisis hasn't affected ATX the way it has elsewhere in the US, we're not waiting around until things get worse. We've sounded the alarm and the city's leadership has seen that SIMS is a crucial component in working towards a solution.
RT @ATXVarietyShow: Wednesday July 4th at @SaxonPub it's #BonTroyage for @TroyDillinger with music & comedy from 7pm-midnite to benefit @SI…
Be kind to yourself. Reach out to someone & ask how they’re doing. You matter to us. No matter what you’re going through, we’re here & we’re listening. SIMS Clinical Line 512-494-1007 Ntl. Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255 Integral Care 24/7 Helpline 512-472-HELP
English musician @frankturner penned this piece for @TheBigIssue to talk about what he's learned on the road and gives advice to younger musicians to better look out for themselves while touring. bigissue.com/latest/health/…
We can't wait to see everyone tonight at @KungFuSaloon downtown! 4-9pm, invite your coworkers and friends! twitter.com/KungFuSaloon/s…
We were fortunate to have the El Paso Intl Music Foundation visit our office last month, and this is a big week for them and El Paso music! If you live in El Paso or know musicians/industry people who do, connect with the EPIMF and see how you can help! elpasoinc.com/lifestyle/loca…
Lovely piece by @Blackstock360 on one of our favorite Austin (or anywhere) singer-songwriters @jaimeeharris! mystatesman.com/entertainment/…
"If you’re struggling, don’t wait for something bad to happen. Don’t wait for a wake-up call. Talk to somebody. It’s not as scary as you think. There is hope. There is light. Just talk to somebody. Because fighting alone is the worst way to fight." theplayerstribune.com/en-us/articles…
Next Tuesday, @KungFuSaloon Downtown gives back to Austin music with Drink 4 a Cause! From 4-9pm, enjoy some drinks and play some old school video games or skee ball, with 15% of their sales for the night coming to SIMS! facebook.com/events/2306488… https://t.co/3vpMmL7IGW
The Wine Down, now in its 6th year, is back at @3TENaustin tonight with music from @TheSourNotes! Entry is free, and proceeds benefit the fine folks at @austinmusic. facebook.com/events/1693378… https://t.co/dzZopL19B5
ATX musicians - finding a job that affords flexibility around a musician's schedule is difficult. The Line Hotel is new to town and would love to help some local musicians supplement their income. If you or a friend are looking, check out their openings! thelinehotel.com/austin/
Community Impact's @TopherJNeely has been covering our efforts to work with the City of Austin to address the opioid crisis in our community. Read his coverage of today's important vote and the next steps to be taken in the road ahead. communityimpact.com/austin/central…
This is a tremendous step forward in our endeavor to combat the opioid crisis, yet there's still much work to be done. It's all hands on deck, but we're lucky to live in a city like Austin where we can rely on continued support from the community.
We're excited to be able to update this with news that the resolution passed unanimously! We applaud the leadership shown by our City Council on this issue.
"A robust infrastructure is already in place for outreach, case management, and treatment, but the number of Austinites affected by this crisis continues to rise. That means it's time for all hands on deck." - SIMS Executive Director Heather Alden https://t.co/E1UJvHE5N2
This morning, SIMS Executive Director Heather Alden and board members Dr. Carlos Tirado and Carlos Sosa urged Mayor Steve Adler and the Austin City Council to approve a resolution supporting the city's efforts to tackle the opioid epidemic impacting Austin's communities. https://t.co/ZuwBCpHhBS
Also speaking were resolution sponsors Mayor Adler, Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo, and City Council member Ann Kitchen. They've listened to how we're addressing this problem and see that collaboration between SIMS and the CoA is a crucial and constructive response to this crisis. https://t.co/5Pwz4FQD2S
Austin Jukebox in partnership with SIMS Presents Puerto Rico Flowers, White Suns, Body Pressure and The Young Mothers at @beerlandtexas. Don't miss this tonight! Doors at 8pm, $5 cover. facebook.com/events/1781605…
Get this badass shirt while supplies last! Thanks Richard and all at @beerlandtexas! twitter.com/beerlandtexas/…
Counting down the days for the next Austin Jukebox at @beerlandtexas! facebook.com/events/1781605… https://t.co/WcLk2taDxE
Proud to have Dr. Carlos Tirado (second from right) on our Board of Directors, who has been instrumental in helping us understand the opioid crisis and how we can best serve our community during this time. twitter.com/miperlita23/st…
If you’ve ever been in a vulnerable situation or have shared your condition with someone, you will know that having it downplayed or mocked is one of the worst feelings in the world. forbes.com/sites/braintre…
This Sunday we'll join HOME, @swansongsaustin, @KidsGroove and @myhaam in saying happy birthday to a whole slew of Austin musicians at Hill's Cafe! $5+ suggested donation, music from 3-9. See you there! facebook.com/events/1932103… https://t.co/E9HZ2e6M0I
We've talked about @thewishartgroup before, now watch @passionpit's Michael Angelakos talk about his battle with bipolar disorder and what he's doing to help musicians and other creative individuals manage their mental health. yahoo.com/lifestyle/pass…
RT @IntegralCareATX: For #MentalHealthMonth, bakeries around town are joining @NAMIAustin to feature baked goods with an element of gray t…
Tomorrow night, @thesouppeddler Dave Ansel is hosting a backyard silent film night to benefit SIMS. We'll be catching a couple Charlie Chaplin classics with Grammy award winning pianist Floyd Domino providing live accompaniment! BYOB and BYOC (chair) https://t.co/t1GE45mFtX
Tomorrow night, @thesouppeddler Dave Ansel is hosting a backyard silent film night to benefit SIMS. We'll be catching a couple Charlie Chaplin classics with Grammy award winning pianist Floyd Domingo providing live accompaniment! BYOB and BYOC (chair) https://t.co/ZlzGTlmqdO
A little motivation for your Thursday. #MentalHealthMonth ctvnews.ca/entertainment/…
If you know someone who works in the Austin music industry that's struggling with substance use, please encourage them to contact us, or give us a call yourself so we can offer advice and resources on how you can you can help and support them.
music.blog.austin360.com/2018/05/08/we-… Having the support of the Music Commission is a tremendous step, but our entire music community must work together to end stigmas for seeking substance use disorder and mental health treatment if we're going to truly address this.
The aim of the #MyYoungerSelf campaign is to reduce stigma and encourage youths who are dealing with a mental health disorder to get the help they need. We'll be following along all month and hope you will too!
Every day during #MentalHealthMonth, @ChildMindDotOrg is posting a new video by a celebrity discussing the mental health struggles they faced growing up. Today we're sharing producer Mark Ronson's story of how he learned to cope with panic attacks. childmind.org/blog/mark-rons…
While we're here, if your band is going through creative or personal differences, tour/album stress, or you just feel the need to step outside the practice space and into a therapist's office, head over to our website to learn how we can help!
People are often surprised when we tell them that band counseling is a service we offer. While it's something we take seriously here, we loved @nbcsnl's take on the subject, especially during #MentalHealthMonth. youtube.com/watch?v=7oPe80…
It's heartwarming to see the initiative the @NBA is taking to create a conversation around mental health. Celebrate #mentalhealthmonth through education, conversation, and connection, and let's work together to support mental wellness in our communities. cares.nba.com/mindhealth/
May is #mentalhealthmonth - We encourage you to check out the Mental Health First Aid training @IntegralCareATX provides for FREE and become a better mental health advocate in your community! integralcare.org/en/mhfa/#14924… https://t.co/4vN7c2Ld5l
The lineup's here & has us antsy for Oct. Besides Sir Paul and other headliners, we're loving the Austin representation - @sweetspiritband, @ShakeyGraves, @SAILORPOONBAND, @aatw1969, @goldendawnARK, @TheSuperfonicos, @MollyBurchh, @jackievenson, @SaulPaul, @KyddJones & more! https://t.co/P2qnU0giOx
It's the last Monday of the month, which means we'll be at @ndaustin for MusiCares Sober Jam tonight! 6pm, free and open admission, just make sure you read the rules and respect the jam! facebook.com/events/4177249…
We hope you checked out at least one or two of the awesome shows at @LEVITATION 2018! We're sad that it's over, but thankful to have been a part of it. Special shout out to the fine people at @mohawkaustin for their hospitality all weekend! https://t.co/L3f4fv8kfi
If you or someone you know in the Austin music community is struggling, call SIMS at 512-494-1007. If it's an emergency, call 911 or 512-472-HELP.
We've been processing the loss of Avicii, and want to say this to our Austin music family: whatever you're going through, we're here to help. Whatever music you play, whatever your role is in the industry, whatever mental health issue you're battling, you're not alone in this.
Remember to look out for each other. Picking up the phone and asking for help can be difficult if not impossible for someone going through a crisis, and it's up to all of us to support one another.
rollingstone.com/music/news/avi… So many times we see an artist on stage and don't see the person behind the music, struggling with their mental health and unhappy despite the smile they wear to perform.
RT @beerlandtexas: .@LEVITATION 2018 begins today! Don't miss our official shows happening through Sunday. Ticket links can be found via ou…
We're just a day away from the start of @LEVITATION 2018 benefiting SIMS, and we couldn't be more psyched! If you've got tickets to any of the @mohawkaustin shows this weekend, make sure you stop by the SIMS table and say hi! levitation-austin.com/lineup-and-sch…
This past Saturday, we got together at @KickButtCoffee to celebrate the life of Jason Perry Cook. Thank you to Bonnie for inviting us to be a part of this, Dottie for being an incredible host, and everyone who generously gave to SIMS! It was such a beautiful experience. https://t.co/ojVMrVPVx6
We'll be at @KickButtCoffee today from 4-8 for this special event, and we hope to see you all there! facebook.com/events/5527805…
RT @GentlemanJervis: Today let’s all practice not beating ourselves up. • Don’t call yourself negative names. • Forgive yourself for makin…
This Sat, we'll be at @KickButtCoffee for A Celebration of the Life of Jason Perry Cook, 4-8pm. There will be music, storytelling, and an auction, with proceeds benefiting SIMS in Jason's honor. https://t.co/fle1TXVSGY
We'll be on hand as well to talk to attendees about our role in supporting the mental wellness of the Austin music community, and we hope you'll join us in celebrating Jason's life! facebook.com/events/5527805…
It's always a treat to see SIMS co-founder, Don Harvey & A is Red in action! Thankful to Rev. Merrill Wade for continuing to include us in the always-amazing Soul of a Musician Series last night. https://t.co/7sGhY1CzUk
Thanks to all who came out to @ContinentalATX this Sat for Hey, Loretta! Once again, Teri Joyce put on a darn good time, & we're so very thankful to be the event's beneficiaries. @_charlesphoenix was simply an amazing pie auctioneer, & the evening's performers did Loretta proud! https://t.co/VNzr0DCjJ8
Tomorrow night at @ContinentalATX. Can't wait to see you there, Austin! https://t.co/RQXcMMjiDZ
Congrats to @ErikaWennerstr1 on her incredible solo debut! We're lucky enough to say that she's graced the stage at SIMS events, and love seeing her growth as a musician! austinchronicle.com/music/2018-04-…
Kudos to @Ride_Austin, @CentralHealth and @setonfamily for taking steps to ensure low income patients without access to transportation can still get the health services they need. This is the kind of program that helps make our entire community healthier! mystatesman.com/news/local/hea…
Hey, Loretta! is back at the @ContinentalATX! Austin's finest honky-tonk gals sing Loretta, and the Ambassador of Americana, @_charlesphoenix, heads up the pie auction. You won't find a better pie social! 4/14, 8pm, $15 at the door, proceeds go to SIMS! facebook.com/events/5874084… https://t.co/Sea9ngQ8xT
Thanks to Chad Swiatecki and the @austinmonitor for putting this piece together highlighting the health crisis we're fighting and the considerable strain it's put on our financial resources. If you'd like to contribute to our ongoing mission, please visit simsfoundation.org/donate
"We can get out in front of this. If this truly is a crisis for the whole city, the music community is a place where we can solve this.” - SIMS Executive Director Heather Alden on combating the opioid crisis in Austin's music community austinmonitor.com/stories/2018/0…
Thank you @StDavidsFDN for supporting Austin musicians with your matching gift during #AmplifyATX! https://t.co/ByqwZjRr51
Thank you @StDavidsFDN for supporting Austin musicians with your matching gift during #AmplifyAustin! https://t.co/yYfgn7CXbB
New location, new time! Sober Jam returns for 2018 tonight at @ndaustin, from 6-9pm. We can't wait to see y'all there! facebook.com/events/4177249…
We're at @ATX_Backstage at El Mercado South this morning for the final March Purgatory Players gospel brunch benefiting SIMS! Enjoy some migas and music, 11am-1pm today, free admission. facebook.com/PurgatoryPlaye…
There's no way we can thank everyone we need to thank for making SIMS at #SXSW such a success in 140 or even 280 characters, so head over to our FB! facebook.com/simsfoundation… https://t.co/sq1tcjFoP0
Music, craft vendors, @ArtBattles auditions, and exclusive cocktails! We'll be at @StillATX today for Emergent Agency's Music Bazaar. Free admission, doors at noon, music from 1-10:30pm, and a portion of proceeds benefit SIMS and @MosaicSoundCo! facebook.com/events/1960631… https://t.co/K8W3mkcTLW
Get out to this! Tonight at @4thtap, music for a good cause as a dollar from each core beer poured goes to SIMS. Music starts at 8pm with @TheSydneyWright followed by @selflesslovers! twitter.com/musicfirsthand…
We're here and ready for day two in the Artist Gifting Lounge! #SXSW musicians, catch us on the 4th floor of the Austin Convention Center for counseling, mental health and recovery resources, or just to chat and see what SIMS is all about! Thu-11am-6pm Fri-11am-6pm Sat-11am-4pm https://t.co/a6GOGITQW8
It's gonna be a party tonight as hip-hop and live graffiti hit @thesaharalounge! We'll be there all night and can't wait to see each and every one of you there. facebook.com/events/1427249… #SXSW #FREESXSW https://t.co/EsZRcioBzr
#SXSW artists, we're on the fourth floor of the Austin Convention Center outside the Artist Gifting Lounge with licensed clinicians for all your mental wellness needs! Stop by and have a chat! Today - til 6pm Thu-11am-6pm Fri-11am-6pm Sat-11am-4pm https://t.co/yaUbUYcQFL
Starting in just a bit! @supesec and @twistworthy Records showcase at @beerlandtexas. No badge needed, no cover. We'll be hanging out, so come enjoy some awesome local bands with us! #SXSW #FREESXSW https://t.co/aRcAL30XkD
For the first time ever, SIMS will serve #SXSW musicians with free on-site counseling and recovery support! Artists can stop by our booth and receive counseling from a SIMS provider or recovery support and resources for their emotional needs during the fest. Stop by and chat! https://t.co/ym2iIkpIOY
RT @onvinylmedia: Thank you again for the love we received yesterday! 💖 We raised over $1,300 for Austin musicians and @SIMSfoundation. Fin…
The fine folks at @onvinylmedia and @InfluenceHumans are hosting an awesome benefit for SIMS this afternoon with music from @abhi_thenomad @The_Mammoths_TX and tons more! If you RSVP'd, we'll see you there! facebook.com/events/1540132… https://t.co/Csqn2RCceg
Happy birthday, Sims Ellison. We love and miss you, and are proud to carry on your legacy through our work serving the Austin music family's mental health. If you have any photos or stories of Sims, we'd love for you to share with us! #HappyBirthdaySims https://t.co/uvTG3mbAcG
We're grateful to @LouisBlackTX, Sandy Boone, Producer Celeste Quesada, Music Director Charlie Sexton, @AustinChronicle, performers, prod. crew, volunteers, and Austin music fans for making the @ATXmusicAwards so incredible, and raising $25k for SIMS and the Austin music family! https://t.co/QZXKuxwxi7
Happy #InternationalWomensDay! Our team at SIMS is led by some of the most badass women Austin has to offer, committed to keeping Austin's music family happy and healthy. We're proud of that fact today, and every day.
RT @onvinylmedia: SOUTH AUSTIN SHOWCASE GIVEAWAY 🎉 •Official March 15th Day Pass 🤩😱 •This EPIC Show Poster // Art by Adrian Oviedo // @Per…
Looking for a way to celebrate Int'l Women's Day here in the #ATX? 4 Austin world music greats take to the stage tomorrow, Mar 8 to raise their voices and honor the fight for women’s rights. Tix available now bit.ly/socialWD #PressforProgress #ATXIWD #supportwomenartists https://t.co/Twk3b32E8M
RT @LEVITATION: LEVITATION's 7th annual official @sxsw showcase and day party - Thursday March 15 at @HOTELHOTBURRITO! RSVP: https://t.co/…
Love this poster, love the lineup! The only way to go is to request to RSVP through @onvinylmedia, and the only way to request to RSVP is to donate to their GoFundMe benefiting SIMS! twitter.com/natphantastic/…
We're also taking part in these great events throughout the week, starting with the Purgatory Players on Mar 11 and ending with @DavidGarzaMusic and friends on Mar 18! More details for all these good happenings at: facebook.com/simsfoundation… #SXSW2018 #SXSW #SupportAustinMusic
SXSW is here, and SIMS will be keeping busy next week! We're excited to be in the Artist Gifting Lounge from March 14-17 with SIMS licensed clinicians providing emotional wellness and recovery support for SXSW performers. Stop by and say hi! #SXSW2018 #SXSW #SupportAustinMusic https://t.co/Pma092qOfc
Thanks to Jeff and the Players for having us and everyone who generously donated to SIMS! We'll be back the next three Sundays (March 11, 18, and 25), so if you missed it yesterday, we'll see you at the next one.
Yesterday was the 1st March Purgatory Players show benefiting SIMS at @ATX_Backstage! We were filled with the Players' special brand of non denominational spirit courtesy of Kimmie Rhodes, @JeffPlankenhorn, Dony Wynn, Gabriel Rhodes, @jaimeeharris, & Brad Tretola. https://t.co/LFUiqF5KFi
It's March, which means we'll be at @ATX_Backstage at El Mercado South every Sunday for the Purgatory Players benefiting SIMS! Tomorrow, grab some brunch with us from 11am to 1pm and kick your Sunday off right. facebook.com/PurgatoryPlaye…
This is beyond incredible! The people of Austin came together the past 24 hours and rallied to make @ILH_IGH's goal of $10 million raised for local nonprofits a reality. This is why we're so proud to call Austin TX our home. Thank you all who gave, even if it wasn't to SIMS! twitter.com/ILH_IGH/status…
"You give to the SIMS Foundation, you might be saving a life." - SIMS co-founder and Austin musician Don Harvey Please help us reach out #AmplifyATX goal of $50,000 by donating before 6pm today and helping to spread the word! amplifyatx.ilivehereigivehere.org/simsfoundation https://t.co/Kn8LYYFCfv
This year I donated to @Skillpoint, @SIMSfoundation, and @CASATravis during #AmplifyATX. Regardless of how much, or to who, I hope you will give and support the non-profit community that supports Austin! bit.ly/2oC2t6N
 
Thanks for not only donating, but also spreading the word! ❤️#AmplifyATX
 
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