Mental Health Is More Than Just A Song Topic…
… and fame shouldn’t determine how important mental health actually is.
For decades, the music industry has had one big problem, that only seems to be important whenever it’s in mainstream media, and that shouldn’t be the case. Mental health is one of the most important issues that the world faces, and it’s impact on the music industry is huge, yet with the odd exception, it’s overlooked, and gets pushed into the shadows. Whether it be the most famous artists in the world, or a local band trying to make it in the Music industry, each and every person who suffers from mental health issues, suffers in the same way, whether they have made millions from arenas, or made a few quid doing pubs and clubs. But that’s not how they are treated.
Even when mental health comes up in the news, there never seems to be much of a care to do anything about it. It’ll get reported for a week or so, and then forgotten about, unless it’s someone of high stature, such as Kurt Cobain, or Amy Whinehouse. Even when Chester Bennington, of Linkin Park, was lost at the hands of mental health last year, it seemed to get forgotten about quite quickly by mainstream media, as he didn’t have the same level of success as Kurt or Amy. Sadly though, the people who really are forgotten about, are those in local bands.
There’s a lot of competition for local bands, and it takes a lot for a band to get noticed in this day and age, especially in Manchester. This results in bands pushing themselves to their limits, and beyond to try and make something of themselves, but in doing so, mental health issues take over, and the band goes quiet. Only then do people start asking questions, by which point it could be too late. Some may say that the bands shouldn’t be pushing themselves so much, but in order to make it, especially with such strong competition, there isn’t anything else for bands to do but push themselves to the limit.
This shouldn’t be the case. Admittedly, you have to have a tough skin to survive in what is actually quite a toxic industry, but surely more can be done to help those suffering. Sometimes even just a quick catch up with somebody who is suffering can make the situation much easier to deal with. So if you know anyone who you think might be suffering, whether they are in the music industry or not, just try and have a chat with them. It could make a life changing difference.
For more information on mental health issues have a look here.
Or call Samaritans on 116 123. or 01625 433090