What can Artist Managers do to Help Artist Overcome Mental Health Challenges?

This is something I have been wanting to write for a long time. With Chester’s untimely death last week, it made me think of what we, as a society need to do to end the stigma, and as far as musicians, what can artist managers do to create a safe space. Rest in peace my loves, Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington. I hope your pain is gone ❤

By Allison Duggan

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Let’s face it; we have lost phenomenal stars over the past two years.  From Amy Winehouse to Prince and Natalie Cole. From Chris Cornell, Scott Weiland and Chester Bennington.  These artists struggled with depression, drug/alcohol addiction, a litany of baggage from their lives. They go on tour for months, back to the studio, do a crazy amount of interviews, all within a span of time that is chaotic.

drug-addiction-1024x682.jpgWe lost a lot of artists the past two years not just because of addiction. It is because the brain and body cannot handle so much stress at once.  Add a mental disorder on top of that, and the pressure heightens.  They result to necessitate their pain through other methods to gain control, which leads to a death sentence for many.

This is in a viewpoint of someone who works in the music industry, and not a psychologist.  The…

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