Help Musicians UK has revealed the findings of a survey conducted as part of its MAD (Music and Depression) campaign.
Conducted by the University of Westminster and MusicTank, the survey explored the mental health issues faced by musicians and the wider music industry and asked the question: ‘Can music make you sick?’
Of the 2,211 musicians who took the survey, 71% believed they have experienced anxiety and panic attacks and 65% reported they had suffered from depression. This suggests musicians may be up to three times more likely to suffer from the illness compared to the general public.
Respondents attributed this to the poor working conditions within the industry including: the difficulty of sustaining a living, anti-social working hours, exhaustion and the inability to plan their time/future.
The results also revealed that 54.8% of respondents feel that there is a gap in the provision of services for musicians, with 46.6% wanting to see a dedicated counselling service for musicians.
The survey is the largest of its kind in the UK to date. The majority of respondents (66.2%) were between the ages of 18-35, with a relatively even gender split (55.2% male, 43.9% female). The largest group of respondents described themselves as musicians (39%) and worked across a wide variety of genres. Other professions represented included DJs, live crew and music management.
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The number of students accessing counselling at top UK universities has jumped by 28% over three years.
Figures obtained show up to a 75% increase at some institutions.
More than 43,000 students had counselling at Russell Group universities in 2014/15 – compared to 34,000 three years earlier.
Mental health charity Mind believe this change is due to the hike in tuition fees to £9,000.
- :: University of Leeds: 1,317 to 2,070 (57.18%)
- :: University of Exeter: 1,125 to 1,549 (37.69%)
- :: Queen’s University Belfast: 584 to 833 (42.64%)
- :: University of Edinburgh: 1,629 to 2,852 (75.08%)
- :: University of Sheffield: 1,182 to 1,819 (53.89%)
- :: University of Warwick: 1,385 to 1,752 (26.50%)
- :: Durham University: 1,019 to 1,379 (35.33%)
- :: University of Oxford: 1,465 to 2,096 (43.07%)
- :: University of Glasgow: 1,145 to 1,800 (57.21%)
- :: Cardiff University: 1,131 to 1,945 (71.97%)
- :: University of Bristol: 1,396 to 2,141 (53.37%)
- :: Imperial College London: 441 to 608 (37.87%)
- :: London School of Economics and Political Sciences: 525 to 721 (37.33%)
- :: University of Manchester: 1,914 to 2,556 (33.54%)
- :: Newcastle University: 659 to 950 (44.16%)
- :: King’s College London: 1,927 to 2,472 (28.28%)
Stephen Buckley, from Mind, said tuition fee and student loan debt were “major contributors” to the rise.
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Parents should have lessons provided by the government on how to raise their children, states Britain’s leading public health expert.
Professor John Ashton, outgoing president of the Faculty of Public Health (FPH), said children were neglected by some schools and parents.
He said the state should help stop children being crippled by conditions such as anxiety, anorexia and obesity.
The FPH has released a report calling for mental health improvements.
It says: “Mental, emotional or psychological problems account for more disability than all physical health problems put together.
“Although we cannot say yet exactly how much of the burden of mental illness could be prevented, we know prevention is possible.”
One in 10 children aged five to 16 years had a mental health problem that warranted support and treatment, the report said.
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