The leading UK charity revealed the visionary new campaign following the untimely death of Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington earlier this month.
The 41-year old nu-metal singer, who was found dead in his Los Angeles home on July 20th, had been battling depression and drug abuse on and off for many years, but appeared to bounce back in 2006 after marrying second wife Talinda Ann Bentley.
The announcement of Bennington’s death has revived debates surrounding the mental wellbeing of musicians in the industry. As an artist, you’re constantly subjected to the pressures that come from fame, fandom and touring. However, ever since the turn of the 60s, the glamorisation of the rock star lifestyle has managed to mask the grisly truth behind the mental state of some of our most-treasured artists. Over the years, the talented minds of musicians from Amy Winehouse to Kurt Cobain have fatally unraveled – and now, with heavy hearts, we’ve had to add Chester Bennington to that list.
In a recent discussion on the subject, artist mentor and life coach Claire Scivier touched upon this when she explained that she embraces mental health issues in a musician, as these issues can sometimes help the creativity an artist needs to thrive. BIMM tutor Gabby Chelmicka, too, explains that music and emotion come as a package deal – when an artist is experiencing the inevitable ups and downs of life, music provides the ideal outlet. This was no doubt true of Bennington, too, who touched the hearts of millions with raw and impassioned lyrics born from his painful past experiences.
However, there’s a pressing need for more research into the wellbeing of artists. As it stands, this isn’t a priority for the government. Still, the industry as a whole is making steps towards treatment. Organisations such as Help Musicians UK, for instance, are in place to support those in need of help and carry out the research required for recovery. As of last week, the largest independent music charity announced Music Minds Matter – a unique campaign that aims to provide the world’s first dedicated round the clock mental health service for those working in the music industry.
The project was inspired by a research study undertaken in May 2016 titled ‘Can Music Make You Sick?’, which determined that people in the industry are three times more likely to suffer from anxiety, depression and other related problems.
Launching later this year with an initial investment of £100,000, the revolutionary service will provide clinical, medical, therapeutic and welfare support for people wrestling with issues of mental and emotional wellbeing. Doubling their investment will allow Help Musicians UK to continue their good work into 2019, with the added aim of extending their reach to global partners in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
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