A study published by the charity group Help Musicians UK looked at mental health within the music community. The research was driven by 26 in-depth interviews with musicians drawn from a pool of more than 2,000 respondents to the Can Music Make You Sick academic study. Among the contributing factors to musician mental health problems were money worries, poor working conditions, bullying, insecurity, and isolation from friends and family. Those issues are compounded by the reluctance of musicians to discuss problems due to fear of losing work.
Help Musicians UK made three policy recommendations to help address mental health crisis among musicians:
- To embed discussion of mental health awareness in music education and promote wider understanding in the industry.
- To create a code of best practice to demonstrate an organization’s awareness of mental health issues in the industry.
- To ensure that mental health support services for the music community are both affordable and accessible.