Therapeutic Music & Mental Health in the Music Industry
4 Signs Music Professionals Must Pay Attention to Mental Health
- Musicians are 3 times more likely than other professionals to experience depression
- 71% of music industry professionals say the industry takes a toll on their mental health
- 87% of Musicians experience anxiety and panic attacks
- 68.5% of Recording Artists experience low self-esteem
It is difficult to predict the state of mental health in the music industry in 2024, but it is clear that it is a topic that has been gaining attention and awareness in recent years. Musicians are often under immense pressure to perform, create, and constantly be in the public eye, which can take a toll on their mental health.
In recent years, there have been several high-profile musicians who have spoken out about their struggles with mental health, including anxiety, depression, and addiction. This has helped to break down the stigma surrounding mental health in the industry and has encouraged more musicians to seek help and support.
Coi Leray is a rapper, singer, and songwriter who has made a name for herself in the music industry. Her song “Anxiety” is a reflection of her personal experience with mental health issues, particularly anxiety. Leray has been open about her struggles with anxiety and depression, and “Anxiety” is her way of expressing those feelings through her music.
In an interview, Coi Leray explained that the song “Anxiety” is about the way she feels when she’s alone and dealing with her mental health issues. She wanted to create a song that would resonate with others who may be going through similar struggles. Leray hopes that by sharing her experiences through her music, she can help others feel less alone and more understood.
The lyrics of “Anxiety” are raw and honest, with lines like “I don’t wanna be alone, but it’s all that I know” and “I don’t wanna feel this way, but it’s hard to let go.” These lyrics reflect the internal struggle that many people with anxiety face on a daily basis. By writing this song, Coi Leray has given a voice to those who may feel silenced by their mental health struggles.
Many other artists have also broken the silence and reduced stigma of mental health issues.
Logic is known for his introspective and self-reflective lyrics. He often raps about his struggles with mental health, his experiences growing up in poverty, and his journey to success.
Logic also uses his music as a platform to address social justice issues. He frequently addresses issues like racism, police brutality, and inequality in his lyrics.
Ed Sheeran wrote the song “Save Myself” for his third studio album, ÷ (pronounced “divide”), which was released in 2017. In the song, Sheeran sings about the importance of taking care of oneself and avoiding toxic relationships.
According to Sheeran, the inspiration for the song came from personal experiences and observations of those around him. In an interview, he explained that the song was about “self-love, and how you shouldn’t be relying on other people to make you happy.”
Speaking of self-love, Coi Leray also tackles the topic in her hit son Self Love. In an interview, she revealed that the inspiration behind the song came from her own personal struggles with self-love and acceptance. She explained that as a young girl, she often felt like she didn’t fit in and was constantly seeking validation from others. It wasn’t until she started to focus on loving herself that she began to feel more confident and comfortable in her own skin.
Coi Leray also shared that she hopes the song will inspire others to embrace their unique qualities and love themselves for who they are. She believes that self-love is a journey and that it’s important to be patient and kind to yourself along the way.
Overall mental health is an important topic, and as songwriters it may be cathartic to write about your own journey, and if you share it, you may inspire the world to sing (and heal) along with you.
There have also been initiatives and organizations established to support mental health in the music industry, such as the non-profit organization Music Minds Matter, which offers a 24/7 helpline and support service for musicians and those working in the industry.
The music industry is known for its glamorous and exciting lifestyle, but it is also notorious for its struggles with mental health issues. According to a study by Help Musicians UK, musicians are three times more likely to experience depression compared to the general population. The study also found that 71.1% of respondents experienced panic attacks and/or high levels of anxiety, and 68.5% reported experiencing low self-esteem.
Other studies have also highlighted the prevalence of mental health issues in the music industry. For example, a survey conducted by MusicTank found that 71% of music industry professionals believed that their work was detrimental to their mental health. Furthermore, a study by the Performing Right Society for Music found that 87% of musicians had experienced anxiety or panic attacks.
These statistics highlight the need for more support and resources for mental health in the music industry. It is important for individuals in the industry to prioritize self-care and seek help when needed. Additionally, organizations and companies within the music industry should also take steps to provide resources and support for mental health issues.
While there is still much work to be done, it is hopeful that the music industry will continue to prioritize and support the mental health of its artists and music industry professionals.
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