Mental Health in the Music Industry
Mental health is more of a problem in the music industry than people realize. “Help Musicians UK” is a UK-based charity that helps the mental health of musicians through their career. The charity released a report stating that out of 2,211 people in the music industry, 71% suffered from panic attacks and anxiety. Of such people, 65% also suffer from depression.
“Help Musicians UK” created the Music Minds Matter Campaign after the death of Chester Bennington, lead singer of Linkin Park. The charity provides a helpline phone-service that offers advice to anyone in the music industry. Musicians, management, tour crews, and record labels all have an outlet.
The number of musicians asking for help increased by 22% due to the new service. “Help Musicians UK” recently launched a 24-hour helpline.
Help Musicians UK
Founded in 1930, “Help Musicians UK” was originally named “The Musicians Benevolent Fund”. The charity was named after Gervase Elwes, an English tenor who died in 1921. Elwes’s friends further organized the fund honored his death by naming the fund after him. Pianist Myra Hess donated her proceeds to the organization, giving the financial boost needed to keep the charity afloat.
The name of the charity changed to “Help Musicians UK” in 2014. The name change meant to attract a larger range of musicians and supporters. Each year the charity helps over 2,000 people of all ages, genres, and roles in the music industry.
Those needing help and emotional support can call 0808-802-8008 free of charge, 24-hours a day, seven days a week.
If you are struggling with your mental health, you can also find help at BBC Advice.
Learn more about the Music Minds Matter Campaign.