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Shining A Light On Depression In The Live Event Industry
Musicians could be three times more likely to suffer from depression than the general public according to a recent University of Westminster study for Help Musicians UK. Over 70 percent of the musicians in the study reported having anxiety and panic attacks, and nearly 70 percent reported struggles with depression. Although music may help people feel better, working in the music industry doesn't prevent emotional vulnerability to depression and anxiety.
Being in the spotlight presents unique challenges, possibly feeding or revealing deeper issues. It's not only the artist that needs support, it's everyone working within the music community. Management's responsibility for a client's overall well-being and career has grown. There is a far-reaching need for all members of this global community to be able to support each other in more effective ways. Dealing with problems as they show up is not enough, it is about prevention, increased awareness and getting the message out.
Worldwide, 350 million people suffer from depression according to 2016 data from the World Health Organization. The private and lonely pain of depression, thoughts of suicide, or addiction often become hidden from others due to feelings of shame, hopelessness and confusion. This can then lead to under reporting, which hampers the data collection so critical to prevention, support and effective treatment.
Dr. Lyn Rowbotham and Erica Krusen, LMFT, will host a panel with artists, Franky Perez (Scars On Broadway, Apocalyptica, Kings Of Chaos) and Jimmy Chamberlin (Smashing Pumpkins) as well as production managers, Jim Digby and Steve Drymalski.
The panel will focus on topics including mental health, depression, suicide and addictions. This workshop will explore the challenges and barriers related to providing substance abuse and mental health treatment within the entertainment populations. It will address how to talk about mental health, the dos and don'ts of discussing mental health issues with someone, seeking support, professional treatment options, managing stress, building strong connections, challenges to the community and recognizing triggers and warning signs. This panel will take place on Nov. 30 in Lititz, Pa., at the 2017 Event Safety Alliance Summit.
About the presenters:
Erica Krusen is a licensed marriage family therapist and is the Senior Director for MusiCares, the charitable arm of the Recording Academy. She is also a co-founder of CoreAdvantage, a consulting and case management group.
Dr. Lyn Rowbotham has her PhD in Psychology and is a certified master life coach, working in private practice in Malibu, Calif. She is also a co-founder of CoreAdvantage, a consulting and case management group.