Not that mental health isn’t an issue worth exploring among musicians. It definitely is. But this study is bullshit. Among other things, “stress”, “fear of failure”, “financial instability”, “loneliness”, “negative pressure” - these are not the same as having mental illness. Under their standards, I’m surprised the conclusions they came to weren’t that 100% of independent musicians suffer from mental illness.
Record Union (a PR and distribution firm, from what I can tell) are “not mental health professionals” by their own account, and they have no rigorous methodology. Their study wasn’t peer reviewed. They got the basic fundamental premise of what mental illness is completely wrong. They should delete this embarrassment of a site and PDF, frankly. Leave the studies to actual mental health professionals, psychologists, sociologists, or honestly, anyone who knows what they’re doing and isn’t trying to promote themselves and make a buck off of an issue that deserves real (properly vetted) study.