E.C.M.A. study: Mental health among Atlantic Canadian musicians needs to be addressed
Musicians and music professionals in Atlantic Canada are suffering from mental health and wellness issues at alarming rates, according to a new survey conducted by the East Coast Music Association.
From living with mental health disorders to being at risk for substance use disorders, the ECMA 2018 Mental Health Survey shows that the region's music industry professionals are reporting markedly higher numbers than the national average.
Perhaps the most staggering finding, however, shows that 20% of respondents reported suicidal thoughts in the past month compared to the Canadian average of 3.3 percent.
Professional clinical therapist Erin Williams, who was the clinical lead on the survey, says there's a clear problem within this sector that needs to be addressed.
PEI musician and ECMA board member Catherine Maclellan,who's father Gene succumbed to suicide, says finding strategies from within the industry to help our members is going to be key.
Mental health officials will be on hand for one on one meetings with musicians during the ECMA's next month in Charlottetown.