According to a 2014 report from The Mental Health Foundation, 19.7 per cent of people in the UK aged 16 and older showed symptoms of anxiety or depression. This suggests that musicians may be up to three times more likely to suffer from mental health issues compared to the wider population.
Fifty-five per cent of respondents from our study said that there were gaps in the provision of services for musicians, identifying a great need.
In light of this, in 2017 we plan to pilot a nationwide service that will be shaped and defined by listening to musicians and those working in music. This service aims to provide focussed support, advice, education and where possible, improved access and signposting to existing mental health services.