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Study: A Career in Music is Damaging to Mental Health

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A new study published by the University of Westminster in Britain has confirmed what many of us already know: a career in music is not only bad for your bank account, but dangerous for your mental health.

The study surveyed 2,200 musicians — the largest study of its kind ever conducted — and concluded that they are up to three times more likely to experience depression compared to the general public. Poor and unpredictable pay, a lack of recognition for one’s work and the social challenges of keeping up with friends and family were cited as the biggest contributors. The report also found that sexual abuse, bullying and discrimination are all also more prevalent in the music community than in other fields of work.

The study was commissioned by the charity Help Musicians UK to raise awareness of the issue with the eventual goals of launching a mental health service for musicians (Music Minds Matter), establishing a music industry mental health taskforce and advocating for change across the industry.

Read more about the study at M Magazine or view the full study here.

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