We’ve seen a slew of musicians speaking out about their mental health this year. From A-listers like Selena Gomez and Shawn Mendes to Sam Fender, Santigold, and so many more, musicians at all levels are canceling tours and standing up for their mental health.
The pressures put on artists to perform every night, travel the world and show up for their fans and critics alike is immeasurable. The cost of fuel and personal upkeep on top of that adds to the stressors that cause more mental health anguish, causing artists of all levels to have to put their careers to the side to focus on their mental health more.
Why is this happening so frequently? Is it the fact that our understanding of mental health is at all-time high? Is it that musicians aren’t afraid to speak out? Is it that touring expectations are any different? We’re discussing all this and more in this episode of Name 3 Songs.
Sources for Musicians Are Standing Up For Their Mental Health
Mental health: How we’ve improved and where we need to do better in 2020 (NBC News, Nicole Spector, Jan 2020)
Selena Gomez Wasn’t Sure She Was Ready To Tell This Story (Rolling Stone, Alex Morris, Nov 2022)
What I learned about Selena Gomez from making a documentary of her life (NME, Alek Keshishian, Nov 2022)
Shawn Mendes Has Cancelled His Tour to Focus on His Mental Health (Men’s Health, Philip Ellis, June 2022)
Fans Slam Shawn Mendes for Partying After Cancelling Tour for Mental Health (NewsWeek, Ashley Gale, August 2022)
‘This should not be normalised’: Why musicians are cancelling tours to protect their mental health (The Guardian, Laura Barton, Sept 2022)
Santigold on Why Musicians Are Burning Out Like Never Before (Rolling Stone, Althea Legaspi, Oct 2022)
Zayn Malik cancels second show in three months due to anxiety (The Independent, Olivia Blair, Sept 2016)