The discussion around how the pressures of the music industry can exacerbate mental health problems has been gaining prominence of late, and independent music charity Help Musicians UK has now commissioned academic research into the issue.
As part of its MAD (Music And Depression) campaign, Help Musicians is seeking to break down stigma and start conversations around mental health in the industry.
The research begins with a survey that HMUK is urging everyone working in music to complete. It can be found here.
The study, Can Music Make You Sick?, is led by Sally Gross and Dr George Musgrave of University of Westminster and MusicTank.
It will explore how the music industry can have a negative impact on the mental health of those working in it and investigate initiatives to tackle some of the issues.
“Help Musicians UK want to build a robust and effective service for those with mental health issues. We want to deliver real change.”
Richard Robinson, Help Musicians UK
Launching the new research at The Great Escape convention last week, HMUK Chief Executive Richard Robinson (pictured) said: “Today’s announcement represents a huge milestone for mental health in the music industry as well as new strategic direction for HMUK as the independent voice for musicians.
“Help Musicians UK want to build a robust and effective service for those with mental health issues – but we know we have to listen and be part of the conversation. It is all too easy to suggest solutions but we believe our academic study will do more. We want to deliver real change.”
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