Entertainment Assist Conducts New Research Into Mental Health

Scarlett Di Maio
| March 14, 2018

Entertainment Assist is conducting a new survey about mental health in the Australian music industry.

Established as a charity to raise awareness about mental health in the entertainment industry, Entertainment Assist’s new study will investigate the type of mental health and wellness programs that are available and being regularly accessed by the local creative industry, as well as source more general information on mental health issues.

Everymind is conducting the research on behalf of Entertainment Assist and the Australian Alliance for Wellness in Entertainment.

Findings from the study will inform the development and implementation of a Prevention First Framework for Mental Health in the Australian Entertainment Industry.

“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 strictly confidential survey will help guide the development of future programs aimed at enhancing mental health and wellbeing specifically for in the entertainment world.

You can complete the survey here.

Entertainment Assist’s 2015 research study in association with Victoria University, identified Australian entertainment industry people are in “severe distress” with five Australian entertainment industry professionals attempting suicide every week. The study also found that depression is five times higher and moderate to severe anxiety 10 times higher.

As part of the 2017 Roundtable Contemporary Music Conference, Music Australia hosted a session on Mental Health in the Music Industry Workplace, co-presented with Support Act. Moderated by Leanne de Souza, Executive Director, Association of Artist Managers (AAM), this panel summarised recent developments, present personal perspectives, invited discussion and discussed proposals for a national music and mental health industry plan.

Last October Music Australia also reported about the launch of two important new initiatives to aid mental health in music, including the Australian Alliance for Wellness in Entertainment, a cross-sector, peer-to-peer initiative, committed to developing and actioning a Prevention First Framework for Mental Health in the Australian Entertainment Industry. Music Australia is a founding member of the Alliance and we are glad to see discussions and research around mental health in our music community is continuing to move forward.

Those seeking support or information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14, Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467 or Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636.

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