GOOD MENTAL HEALTH MEANS BEING ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN LIFE, BEING CONFIDENT AND HAVING SELF-ESTEEM.
With good mental health we can enjoy being around other people and our environment, fully explore our skills and creativity. Good mental health supports resilience and relationships.
While the arts and entertainment sector brings an enormous amount of joy to Australians, recent research has identified that performers, technicians and other support workers experience an unusually high incidence of depression, anxiety and other aspects of mental distress that are also leading to high rates of suicide.
Entertainment Assist is dedicated to raising awareness about mental health in the Australian entertainment industry by commissioning research, advocating for workplace and educational transformation and identifying support pathways for those in distress.
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Australia has become the latest country to issue a report highlighting the poor mental health of many of those working in its live entertainment business.
Read the full article published in IQ Magazine, 14 February 2017
In partnership with Entertainment Assist, and supported by WorkSafe Victoria and VicHealth, Arts Centre Melbourne is preparing to launch the Arts Wellbeing Collective: a consortium of Victorian arts and cultural organisations whose shared vision is to effect better mental health and wellbeing for Victorian arts workers.
Read the full article by Richard Watts, published in ArtsHub, 7 February 2017
Entertainment Assist and Victoria University have today released a report uncovering serious health and wellbeing concerns for those who work in the Australian entertainment industry.
Health problems and suicidality are prominent among entertainment industry professionals. Suicide ideation is six times greater, suicide planning is more than four times greater and suicide attempts are more than double the general population. Indicators of moderate to severe anxiety are 10 times higher and depression symptomology five times over the general population norms.
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Entertainment Assist announces world first research across all sectors of the Australian Entertainment Industry and calls for 3000 industry workers to have their say in an online survey.
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Entertainment Assist General Manager, Susan Cooper, discusses how Entertainment Assist's recent study found that people in the arts were much more likely to have depression, anxiety and other mental health issues. The conversation looks at the highs and lows of life in the arts and discusses ways of making life better for our creative community - with Lucinda Sharpe and Matt Heyward on ABC Radio National Books and Arts with Michael Cathcart.
Entertainment Assist General Manager, Susan Cooper, discusses mental health in the Australian entertainment industry with Greg Fleet and Geraldine Quinn on 774 ABC Melbourne Conversation Hour with Jon Faine.