Why rock music needs to do more to support its artists – Kerrang!

Not everyone, of course, is as strong-willed as Danny, and unlike him, many musicians suffer from poor mental health as well. Add to that an industry that often exploits those it makes money from, even the strongest will can be overwhelmed. Ginger Wildheart, the 56-year-old frontman of The Wildhearts – whose 2019 mini-LP, Diagnosis, deals with mental health and the government’s inability to deal with it adequately – is a case in point. Ginger still drinks, though his days of excess are over, but he’s seen how life on the road encourages people to hit that slippery slope.

“There are a lot of different elements to blame,” he says. “You also show up in a hall and get paid with a fridge full of beer at lunchtime, so you end up drinking a lot every night because it’s all part of the circus. The industry is filled with greedy bastards who only have their own best interests at heart. Arguably, the industry killed a lot of these fallen rock stars, because they made it happen. People don’t become addicted overnight – it’s a long, drawn-out process that everyone is allowed to happen.

As much as Ginger blames the music industry, to really make a difference within it, he believes it is imperative to start outside of it. And while charities like MusiCares and Help Musicians / Music Minds Matter in the UK are doing their part, as festivals like Download also become more mental health conscious in recent years, there is still a long way to go.

“There has to be some sort of platform to talk about it,” Ginger says. “Everybody It is necessary to talk about it. There must be a campaign that includes all the celebrities who have ever been affected by it. We need an education that starts in school, so that children are sensitized and that they do not grow up with these things which are stigmas. Because they are not.

To verify Help the musicians, Musical spirits matter and MusiCares for more information.

If you are struggling with your own sanity, do not suffer in silence. Talk to someone you trust – a friend, family member, teacher, doctor, or counselor. Find more information on how to take care of your mental health at the Mental Health Foundation.

And if you need help right away, we recommend these organizations:

  • CALMED DOWN: thecalmzone.net or call 0800 58 58 58
  • The Samaritans United Kingdom: samaritans.org or call 116 123
  • Or, in the United States, the Samaritans Hotline: (877) 870 4673 (HOPE)
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