Study Shows 70 Percent of Musicians Struggled With Anxiety Or Depression
Help Musicians UK, the U.K.'s largest independent music charity, published the results of the second part of a study they conducted on the mental health of musicians. The two-part report, titled Can Music Make You Sick?, collected information from 2,200 musicians.
In part one of the study, released in November 2016, HMUK found that 71 percent of musicians revealed they had struggled with panic attacks or high levels of anxiety, and 69 percent disclosed they had suffered from depression. Of these musicians, 57 percent did not receive treatment and 53 percent reported they had difficulty finding help.
Part two of the report, which was released on Oct. 16, focuses on qualitative data collected from 26 independent musicians on how the music industry might impact their mental health. With the pressure of meeting record label directives, the constant need to engage on social media, working a variety of freelance jobs to make a living, and the need to be immersed in the music business 24/7 all contribute to mental health issues, according to the report.
In response to the study, HMUK is growing its Music Minds Matter campaign that was launched in July 2017 to develop a mental health service for musicians by the end of the year. The organization aims to provide support for all those working in the industry, from top name artists to their crew members.
"If you think about a Coldplay tour, there are several hundred people working behind the scenes on production alone," HMUK CEO Richard Robinson told Billboard. "They're just as likely to suffer from fatigue, anxiety and other health issues as any member of any band, but are not given the same credence because they're not in the top one percent of the industry that the mental health conversation seems to focus on. We're trying to ensure that whether you are Adele or Adele's stylist, you are given the same support."