I want to talk about a really important topic. It’s the holiday season.
According to a study of more than 2,000 musicians, 71% had experienced panic attacks and/or high levels of anxiety, 68% had experienced depression, and of those, just 30% claimed they would be very likely to, or had already sought help.
Being a creative person—a musician, a producer, a creator—can be incredibly rewarding, but it also can be very isolating. We often work in poor conditions including inconsistent income, antisocial working hours, exhaustion, and inability to plan our time and future. Many of us suffer from lack of recognition for our work. The physical impacts of a musical career, especially for drummers, can lead to physical problems over time if we don’t make smart decisions about our gear, how we move it, and how we take care of our bodies. And these problems are even worse for women and minorities, from sexist attitudes and sexual harassment, to discrimination, unfair treatment, and worse.
You can get some helpful ideas and ways to keep your head up at optionb.org.
If you’re in crisis, if you’re thinking of hurting yourself, if you need support now, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800 273 8255, text HELLO to 741741, or chat 24/7 at suicidepreventionlifeline.org. Outside the U.S., go to befrienders.org, and more resources are linked here.
If you see somebody struggling in your band, in your family, or yourself, please start a conversation. We all need to feel like we aren’t alone in what can be a tough world. You can always get me at email@example.com.