73% of Independent Musicians Suffer From Mental Illness, Says Study

May 8, 2019

According to a study conducted by the digital music distributor Record Union, out of nearly 1,500 participants, 73% of self-described "independent musicians" suffer from some form of mental illness. Depression and anxiety topped the list as the most common symptoms of mental health concerns.

With musicians aged between 18 and 25, approximately 80% reported dealing with a mental illness of some kind.

57% of respondents say that they are concerned their mental health will affect their overall well-being, and 41% say they worry about their mental health several times a day. Some contributing factors that fuel these concerns include the fear of failure, financial woes, and the pressure to deliver content.

The study also showed that of the musicians admitting to suffering from mental illness, on 39% say they sought treatment.