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How Is the Music Industry Coping with the Mental Health Crisis?

How Is the Music Industry Coping with the Mental Health Crisis?

If you’re following the current trends in music, you’re probably aware that mental health is a big issue recently.

Victoria University’s research, dubbed “the most comprehensive survey of entertainment sector employees,” grabbed national headlines early this year and revealed some startling data. Around 25% of musicians and an estimated 50% of roadies tried or contemplated suicide, yet none of these victims polled had sought assistance. Furthermore, on average, musical artists live significantly shorter lives than the rest of the workforce. What’s worse is that the survey also showed musicians’ average annual earnings amounting to $44,600, despite the average yearly Australian wage of $78,800.

With the mental health crisis worsened by the onslaught of the pandemic, here’s how the music industry keeps its head above the water.

Initiatives To Support Musicians During Mental Health Crisis

Listen Up Music, an Australian organisation, provides crisis alleviation and mental health and wellbeing assistance to musicians, staff, and music employees who are in it. The program is a response to the music industry’s dire situation concerning mental health. We’ve formed and implemented mental health management, education, and training opportunities. 

The program also highlights tips and recommendations on how musicians can cope with mental health crises. Some of these helpful tips and advice are as follows.

Stay Connected 

Make an effort to interact with friends, especially those who are encouraging and upbeat. As social beings, you must discover methods to converse with people while maintaining social distance. Contact your relatives and friends via phone or video chat. Maintain contact with your fellow musicians who can relate to the difficulties you’re having.

“We can’t do much on our own. With the pandemic, we’re already feeling more disconnected as much as we’ve ever felt. Hence what we’ll do is overcome the isolation, and together we can do something that would help,” says Max Funding’s bad credit business loan adviser Shane Perry.

Unplug From the Online World

Social networking is an excellent method to stay in touch, but it’s easy to go overboard. There’s a thin line between being informed and becoming bogged down with depressing postings and stories. Instead of idly reading social media posts, try engaging social media to interact with people by commenting and sharing positive thoughts. More importantly, know when to take a break.

Breathe 

One thing we may do when we’re anxious is paying attention to what’s going on in our bodies. When confronted with a challenge, our bodies move into one of three states: flight, fight, or freeze. Follow breathing practice to achieve a steadier emotional state when this happens: Close your eyes and place one hand on your chest and the other on your lower tummy. Breathe in deeply, holding for five counts, then exhale slowly through your mouth. Repeat the process as needed

Participate In Virtual Jamming Sessions

Virtual jamming is a demonstration of how musicians are collaborating online while overcoming the physical constraints of lockdown. COVID-19 hasn’t stopped ensembles of various sizes, from solo artists to small bands to choirs and symphony orchestras, from performing together. They’ve turned to a variety of technology and platforms to keep their collaborative creativity alive.

Practice Positive Mental Health with Listen Up Music

COVID-19 prompted musicians all around the world to step up to the challenge of mental health crises. They’ve extended emotional, monetary, and cultural support to those who have been affected and isolated. The bottom line is that, now, more than ever, is the opportune time to invest in our health and wellbeing. 

Listen Up Music’s passion and drive are to provide healing through music. We convert mental stress into beautiful melodies and inspiring songs. Contact us to learn more about what we do. 

Written by Jude Young

Comment: 1

  • Amy Vee

    Reply August 12, 202112:59 pm

    Thanks for this Jude 🙂

    The VU research was a real gamechanger in terms of having some solid evidence to highlight the risks for our community. It’s been disappointing to see that not a lot has changed in terms of supports since that research was released 5 years ago. Community-building, peer networks and connection are so vital and Listen Up is leading the way in this area, even despite all the challenges of the pandemic.

    Great to see some practical tips here too.

    Sending my love and thoughts to all the LUM community. We will get through this if we keep supporting each other.

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