Author/s: Sally Anne Gross and Dr. George Musgrave, 2016
“I find, on the whole, music to be a great release which helps when I’m feeling anxious or depressed… [However], the stresses of being in the music industry, for me, are a big cause of uncertainty which to leads to stress, anxiety and depression.”
- 71.1% of respondents believed they had experienced incidences of anxiety and panic attacks
- 68.5% of respondents experienced incidences of depression
Set against Office for National Statistics for the UK population as a whole (that indicate 1 in 5 of the population aged 16 years or older experience mental health issues), these findings revealed that the music community may be up to three times more likely to experience depression compared to the general public.
Help Musicians’ ongoing mental health campaign seeks to find solutions, rather than simply starting conversations, and will be informed by this academic study, which will explore how the music industry can have a negative impact on the mental health of those working within it and investigate initiatives that can tackle some of the issues.
This is a vital first step in seeking to understand how musicians and others working within the wider music industry in the UK experience mental health concerns, suggesting the source of their ill-health.
“I LOVED music; it didn’t love me”