Supporting Mental Health in the Music Industry

Mental Health in the Music Industry is sadly a very current and prevalent topic that simply isn’t being addressed enough. Luckily, the new wave of generation Z superstar artists such as Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber are using their platforms to resonate with their fans by portraying that they suffer with mental health as well and it is OK to talk.

It’s a sad juxtaposition that Music has been proven to support the improvement of individuals suffering from mental health but yet the individuals that create this music, are suffering themselves.

Mental Health in the Music Industry has always been an issue but a clouded issue. Thankfully, in the digital age we are seeing many industry workers and artists coming out and openly addressing these issues and bravely speaking about their own experiences.

“I have anxiety attacks, constant panicking on stage, my heart feels like it’s going to explode because I never feel like I’m going to deliver, ever”

Adele – Q Magazine

So what is the cause of mental health suffering in the Music Industry? A questions with so many varied answers. Not one person is the same and not everyone has the same experiences.

Heartrendingly, one too many of the worlds iconic artists have suffered in silence with many forms of mental health and addictions. Most recently we’ve seen the relapse of Demi Lovato and the suicide of Prodigy front man, Keith Flint. Are record companies doing enough to support their artists?

Evidently it isn’t widely publicised the long hours artists deal with when touring or the fact that, thanks to advances, there tends to be more expenditure than cash inflow; the list of issues could go on and on. Consequently, when you take into account the pressure artists are under to provide and be consistent with their brand, it’s not a surprise how many of them are suffering.

A study in 2017 by Help Musicians UK found that artists are up to three times more likely to suffer from depression. This can come from the vast number of strains artists are dealing with, it’s not always the glitter and glamour is looks on social media (social media is a massive issue in itself).

Working in the Music Industry requires loooong hours and many sleepless nights; this is consistent with the pressure industry professionals are under. I wish there was a simple solution. However, there are many organisations and charities who are dedicated to helping and supporting anyone suffering in silence, or suffering full stop. I’ll make a list below, thank you for reading!

Music Minds Matter – https://www.musicmindsmatter.org.uk/

Help Musicians UK – https://www.helpmusicians.org.uk/about-us

Music Support – http://musicsupport.org/

MusiCares – https://www.grammy.com/musicares

Mind – https://www.mind.org.uk/

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