New research study to prevent Australian entertainment industry mental health problems

MEDIA RELEASE

Five Australian entertainment industry professionals attempt suicide every week


Monday 12 March 2018:  Entertainment Assist, in association with Everymind, is conducting further research into mental health in the Australian entertainment industry.

Conducted on behalf of Entertainment Assist and the Australian Alliance for Wellness in Entertainment, the new Everymind study will look at mental health and the accessibility of wellness programs within the Australian entertainment industry. Findings from the study will inform the development and implementation of a Prevention First Framework for Mental Health in the Australian Entertainment Industry.

Entertainment Assist’s 2015 research study, in association with Victoria University, identified Australian entertainment industry people are in “severe distress” with a suicide rate double that of the general population, depression five times higher and moderate to severe anxiety 10 times higher.

"Mental health and wellbeing in the Australian entertainment industry is our shared responsibility. It is vital that individuals know how to support their colleagues and get support when they need it. We've identified the problem. It’s now time to work on the solution together", says, Susan Cooper, General Manager, Entertainment Assist.

"We’re looking for perspectives from all areas of the industry. If your job is technical, creative, behind-the-scenes or in front of a microphone or camera, we want to hear from you.  Please have heart and play the most important role of your life. Or someone else's!"

All professionals working with the Australian entertainment industry are invited to complete a survey to share thoughts regarding the mental health needs of industry people, how they should be supported and what are considered the most pressing issues.
 
The survey can be completed in less than 25 minutes and will help guide the development of programs aimed at enhancing mental health and wellbeing, specifically tailored to the needs of Australian entertainment industry professionals.
 
All responses to the survey remain strictly confidential and any published results de-identified. If you’d like to get involved, or if you’d like more information, click here.
 
Survey link:  www.bit.ly/MHEntertainAAWE

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For media and general inquiries contact:
Julia Edwards, Development Manager, Entertainment Assist
M: 0419 382 762   E: julia.edwards@entertainmentassist.org.au