The music industry is unique. People working within this field are three times more likely to experience a mental health problem, at a rate of approximately 36,000 people per year, putting both musicians, road crew, artist managers and multiple occupations in between at risk.
Road crew worldwide experience mental health difficulties. Entertainment Assist, an Australian-based support hub documented in 2017:
“In the last 12 months, Australian entertainment industry workers experienced suicide ideation 5-7 times more than the general population and 2-3 times more over a lifetime. In the last 12 months, road crew members experienced suicide ideation almost 9 times more than the general population. Rates of suicide ideation, planning and attempts are extremely high and indicate a need for early intervention programs tailored to the industry.”
Touring Director and Production Manager, Jim Digby, has worked with Linkin Park for over 16 years. The loss of the band’s frontman, Chester Bennington, in July 2017 had a devastating impact. Jim says:
“The very personal nature of mental health and emotional well-being makes it hard to observe when one is suffering, sometimes we don’t even recognise it in ourselves. As we continue to enable and empower these types of discussions, it will be critical to have resources that are familiar, not only within the field of mental health but with the trappings of working inside our glorious endeavours.
Music Support is such an entity, encouraging healthy dialogue, de-stigmatising the perceptions of mental health, and providing resources to both proactively and passively engage.”
As World Suicide Prevention Day approaches, we’re ramping up recruitment for our essential helpline. Currently, a volunteer staff of 24 help music professionals in need, and in crisis. We’re aiming to double this intake due to demand.
When set up in 2016, Music Support’s For the Industry, By the Industry philosophy began to change the way the UK music industry approaches mental health, and since then, hundreds of people have been helped. All of our phone volunteers have personal experience – both in the music industry and the issues that Music Support covers – and have undergone rigorous training.
Click below to find out more about volunteering for our helpline.