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New Study Shows Musicians Are More Likely To Suffer From Depression, Mental Health Issues

The study surveyed over 2,200 musicians and determined that they're up to three times more likely to experience depression compared to a non-musician.

The study surveyed over 2,200 musicians and determined that they're up to three times more likely to experience depression compared to a non-musician.

Can Music Make You Sick? is the new study published by University of Westminster researchers Sally-Anne Gross and Dr. George Musgrave. The study surveyed over 2,200 musicians and determined that they're up to three times more likely to experience depression compared to a non-musician.

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The study cites money worries and poor working conditions as situations that  exacerbate the symptoms. M-Magazine elaborates:

Elsewhere, the report found sexual abuse, bullying and discrimination may also be prevalent, with a musician’s working environment prone to being antisocial and unsympathetic. Social challenges were also cited as a contributing factor to declining mental health, as relationships with family, friends and partner often come under pressure.

The purpose of the report was to help the Help Musicians UK organization know where to focus their efforts. M-Magazine says the new goals of the organization is "to establish a music industry mental health task force, launch a 24/7 mental health service, Music Minds Matter, and finally, advocate change across the industry."

Christine Brown, director of external affairs at Help Musicians UK, added in an interview that the organization donated two million pounds to those in need in the industry in 2017. Here's hoping this works out for them, and of course if you're suffering from depression, please consider getting help. You'll thank yourself in the long run.

Read the full study here.

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