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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On behalf of everyone at Entertainment Assist, we want to thank you all for your ongoing support throughout 2017. This year we have continued to spread the word about mental health in the Australian Entertainment Industry in order to promote and facilitate the enhancement of mental health in our industry.
Over the last month Entertainment Assist, in association with Everymind, conducted a series of Wellness Forums across Australia. A big thank you to all the host venues and everyone who attended. We were thrilled to see such a wide range of industry sectors represented in each state.
The final report of the Parliamentary Inquiry into the Sustainability of the Australian film and television industry was released in Canberra today. Entertainment Assist made a submission to the Inquiry and appeared as witnesses at a public hearing in September 2017. We are thrilled to announce that the report concludes: “The mental health statistics provided to the committee for the entertainment industry are concerning and should be investigated further.”
World Mental Health Day, Tuesday 10 October 2017:
Entertainment Assist has today announced the formation of the Australian Alliance for Wellness in Entertainment (AAWE) – a world-first, cross-sector initiative for shared interest in positive mental health and wellbeing behaviours for a sustainable Australian entertainment industry.
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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