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OVER THE BRIDGE is a non-profit dedicated to connecting the music industry to addiction recovery and mental health professionals, education and training.

Over The Bridge is an incorporated not-for-profit organization that works to increase the awareness of addiction recovery and mental health, education, training, peer-to-peer and professional support resources to the North American music industry.

There are currently no known North American studies that focus on music industry substance use or mental illness; therefore we must look across the pond for those answers.

Help Musicians UK completed one such study, ‘Can Music Make You Sick?’ found that 68.5 percent of musicians believed they had experienced depression, while 71.1 percent believed they had experienced anxiety and panic attacks. These figures starkly contrast with the 19 percent of people in the UK, aged 16 or older, who had said they had experienced anxiety or depression, according to data from the Office for National Statistics gathered between 2010 and 2013.

While a study from Australia by Entertainment Assist revealed, those whose job it is to entertain the general public considered the possibility of suicide up to seven times more than the general population. Road crew members contemplated taking their own life almost nine times more than the general population.

These findings give people in the music industry some insight into the kind of unhealthy lifestyle the music industry can foster. We understand that some members of the music industry abuse a substance to manage the physical and mental expectations of the industry. Road-based separation anxiety, the uncertainty of daily life, financial instability, emotional ups and downs of show days, and lack of rest and nutrition all play a part. Often a person’s addiction and mental health are ignored or glorified.

Over The Bridge is of the opinion when the music industry is placed on the right track, and are given the training, education, and support, there is no limit to what they can achieve for themselves, or for the fans and culture of which they influence. Let’s talk together, work together and support each other.

YOU DON’T NEED TO SUFFER FOR WHAT YOU LOVE TO DO!
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