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“Pressure cooker” impact of touring on mental health “needs addressing” – but help is at hand

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NME about the “dangerous” impact that touring can have on musicians, while offering up help and advice for World Mental Health Day.As mental health charity Mind have reported, research has shown that people working in the music industry are “more prone to mental health problems than the general population”, with “musicians being up to three times more likely to suffer from depression”.

Financial pressures, isolation, lifestyle and addiction are often named as factors.Recent years have seen the likes of Lewis Capaldi, Sam Fender, Shawn Mendes and Wet Leg all cancel shows while citing mental health as the reason.

Another to take themselves off the road was Editors guitarist Justin Lockey, who sat out of the band’s summer 2022 dates due to “struggles with anxiety”.

Speaking to NME, Lockey detailed what led to his decision – and what he’s done since to improve his lifestyle.“It was post-COVID, and the first show back after a year and a half,” said Lockey. “I remember being quite worked up for it and anxious anyway, then I got on the flight to a warm-up show in Porto and collapsed.“We’d just spent nearly two years of everyone just hanging out at home and working remotely, then suddenly getting back to what I was always nervous about doing anyway – which was touring and travelling – and it all just came to a head.

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