A new study has found 73 percent of independent musicians suffer from mental illness symptoms.
The study was conducted by Swedish digital distribution platform Record Union through an online survey of nearly 1,500 independent artists. The The 73 Percent Report found nearly three-quarters of respondents experienced various issues including panic attacks and depression. Within the 18 to 25 range, this percentage rose to 80 percent.
The survey found major contributing factors to mental illness in musicians included fear of failure, financial instability, pressure to succeed and loneliness.
Only 39 percent of respondents said they had sought professional treatment, while 51 percent turned to self-medication such as alcohol and drugs. Just 19 percent felt the music industry was trying to improve conditions for musicians experiencing mental illness.
“Our study is telling us that something needs to change,” Record Union CEO Johan Svanberg said in a statement to Billboard. “It’s time to put the state of our artists’ mental health on the agenda, before streams and commercial success. We as an industry must wake up and ask ourselves: What’s our responsibility in this and what can we do to create a healthier music climate?”
Following the study, Record Union is committing a $30,000 USD donation to projects aiming to prevent or help mental illness among musicians.
If you or someone you know is struggling with mental illness, there is help to be found. Please consider these online resources and talk to your regular doctor about your symptoms:
- The National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 1-800-273-8255. You can also reach out to Crisis Text Line by texting GO to 741741.
- MentalHealth.gov – Get Immediate Help
- ImAlive – Online Crisis Network
- International Association For Suicide Prevention – Resources
- The Anxiety And Depression Association Of America
- The National Alliance On Mental Illness
- American Psychiatric Association – Finding Help
- National Institute Of Mental Health
- American Psychological Association – Psychologist locator
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