Musicians Three Times More Likely To Suffer Depression Study Finds

Keith Emerson

(Prog) New research suggests musicians are up to three times more likely to suffer from depression than the general public. The Can Music Make You Sick survey carried out by Help Musicians UK (HMUK) is the largest of its kind ever carried out in the UK and 71% of those taking part said they had experienced anxiety and panic attacks, while 65% had suffered from depression.

According to HMUK, the figures show that musicians are three times more likely to have depression than people in other lines of work. HMUK chief executive Richard Robinson says: "Sadly the results of this survey don't come as a surprise and paint a concerning picture of the conditions for those working in the music industry.

"This survey is a vital first step in helping us to establish the scale of the problem and it highlights the importance of the next phases of the survey, which will provide us with recommendations for launching the first music industry specific mental health service.

"As the leading independent charity for musicians we are in unique position to commission this study and be able to look at the impact that working in the music industry has on people's mental health." Earlier this year, Emerson, Lake and Palmer keyboard icon Keith Emerson took his own life after a battle with depression. Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor attempted suicide twice when he was a teenager. Read more here.

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