Not less than 73% of unbiased musicians battle with psychological sickness, in response to a brand new research.
Swedish digital distribution platform Report Union surveyed about 1,500 musician contributors earlier this yr and located that just about three-quarters reported affected by varied psychological well being points. Particularly throughout the 18-25 age vary, the share climbed to a staggering 80%.
Despair and nervousness appeared to high all lists as the 2 most prevalent situations, whereas panic assaults additionally had been talked about.
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“Our research is telling us that one thing wants to vary,” Report Union CEO Johan Svanberg remarked in a press release (by way of Billboard). He added,
“It’s time to place the state of our artists’ psychological well being on the agenda, earlier than streams and business success. We as an trade should get up and ask ourselves: What’s our accountability on this and what can we do to create a more healthy music local weather?”
The research additionally revealed alarming numbers relating to psychological well being remedy and the seemingly bleak outlook of those musicians.
Of these surveyed, lower than 40% mentioned that they had sought out skilled remedy; greater than 50% claimed they turned to self-medication like alcohol and drug use. A dismal 19% of the contributors mentioned they felt the music trade was working to make situations higher for psychological well being.
Whereas surprising, these numbers aren’t precisely shocking, as a number of reviews up to now have recognized musicians as a very weak group — one which’s 3 times as prone to undergo from melancholy.
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Psychological well being issues have been dropped at the forefront as of late following the current deaths of high-profile artists like Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell, Avicii, Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington, The Prodigy’s Keith Flint, and Frightened Rabbit’s Scott Hutchison.
In 2018, each Rubbish singer Shirley Manson and James Blake spoke extensively and candidly about their battles with psychological sickness and suicidal ideas, and Ariana Grande has been using her platform to encourage looking for psychological well being remedy.
Ardour Pit frontman Michael Angelakos has particularly been an outspoken advocate for psychological well being consciousness, and equally has expressed that the trade isn’t doing sufficient for its musicians. In a 2018 interview I carried out with Angelakos, he condemned the trade as “so archaic and clearly unhealthy that we are able to now show that they, the truth is, exacerbate or *create* these points,” including, “It’s like they’ve forgotten in regards to the folks that create their product.”
Might is Psychological Well being Consciousness Month within the US.