Dua Lipa has described the “intense pressure” social media puts on female music stars as she called for more action to help the mental health of those in the industry.
The singer is backing a mental health initiative from their management company Tap Music, which also represents Lana Del Rey, Ellie Goulding and Hailee Steinfeld.
Lipa, 24, said: “It’s painfully ironic that music has such power to make us happy but musicians themselves can often suffer disproportionately from mental health issues.
“I have benefited so much from this industry but I see around me every day what others can suffer: the fear of failure, loneliness and the intense pressures of social media, which I think is especially the case for female artists.
“I know from personal experience that the scrutiny for female artists on social media can be particularly brutal.
“Mental health is the issue of our generation and it’s time the music industry woke up to it.”
Tap Music today announced plans to raise £100,000, which will be donated to mental health charities including My Black Dog, an online peer-to-peer organisation, and the Campaign Against Living Miserably.
Tap is kickstarting its fundraising with a 24-hour cycle ride from London to Paris on Friday. A five-a-side football tournament takes place next week.
Musician and mental health activist Professor Green said: “Music has always been cathartic for me… But what initially gave me such release by way of expression would later, by way of schedule and sleep deprivation, lead to a place of unhappiness and isolation.”
He added: “I’ve spoken to many artists who’ve found themselves in similar situations to mine; it’s time we find a way to put support in place for people who need it.”
Tap co-founder Ben Mawson said he had been prompted to act after two close friends died from suicide “within weeks of each other”.