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Help Musicians warns of a ‘hidden mental health crisis’


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UK-based charity Help Musicians has published its latest survey findings, and they are bleak indeed.

The charity canvassed more than 700 musicians in the UK about their mental health, and found 87% saying it had deteriorated since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. However, in a more UK-focused twist, 59% said that worrying about the impact of Brexit is also contributing to their stress.

“We can’t sugar coat these findings – we are facing a mental health crisis amongst musicians on an unprecedented scale. Whilst there may be light at the end of the tunnel with a roadmap out of lockdown revealed, there is still substantial uncertainty around how quickly the music industry can recover, plus the catastrophic impact of the Brexit deal on musicians’ ability to tour,” said CEO James Ainscough.

“After a year of hardship, the ongoing uncertainty for musicians is taking a huge toll on mental health.” The news comes as Help Musicians launched a new drive for donations to fund its support services for musicians.

Stuart Dredge

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