A new study found that 73 percent of independent musicians reported suffering from mental illness symptoms in the past, while only 19 percent felt the music industry provides healthy working conditions. The stats originated from Record Union, a Swedish-based digital distribution platform that conducted the survey among nearly 1,500 indie musicians from March 21 to April 2, Billboard reported Tuesday (May 7). Record Union’s results surmised that nearly three-quarters of indie musicians have experienced “stress, anxiety and/or depression” in relation to their work. The numbers were worse for younger artists: Among those aged 18-25, 80 percent of respondents said they’ve experienced negative mental health effects rooted in their music careers. “Our study is telling us that something needs to change,” Record Union CEO Johan Svanberg said in a statement provided to Billboard. “It’s time to put the state of our artists’ mental health on the agenda, before streams and commercial success. We as an industry must wake up and ask ourselves: What’s our responsibility in this and what can we do to create a healthier music climate?” ...