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First major study into the mental health of Australia’s creative industry launched

The first major Australian study into the mental health and wellbeing of creative industry workers has launched as part of a partnership between Never Not Creative, UnLtd and Everymind.

The study will assess the mental health and wellbeing of individuals working in the media, marketing and creative industries, along with their attitudes towards mental health.

The collaboration is an adaptation of research from Everymind, a national institute dedicated to reducing mental ill-health and suicide.

Chris Freel, CEO of UnLtd, said: “Through working with our charity partners such as Batyr, we know what a critical issue mental ill health is. We know one in five Australians experience a mental illness every year but over half of those will not seek help. Sadly, suicide is still the biggest killer of young Australians aged 15-44. We also know from conversations with our corporate partners, that mental health is a topic that people in our industry can relate to and something that affects people across all levels.”

Andy Wright, founder of creative community Never Not Creative, said that while stories of burn-out and stress are common it is well known that the issue is widespread, so far there has been no concrete statistics to quantify the problem.

“This study will bring robust data backed by credible and proven methodologies to start us on the path to identifying solutions,” he added.

The research has been adapted to the media, marketing and creative industries in order to analyse differences and similarities between the mental health of the industry compared with the population and businesses in general.

Dr Ross Tynan, mental health research lead at Everymind commented: “We are excited to better understand the mental health of the media, marketing and creative industry and how that compares to the general public and business sector.

“All of our research focuses on contributing to the evidence base for the prevention of mental ill health, the prevention of suicide and the promotion of overall mental health and wellbeing. The results will be used to guide our work, and the work of others in establishing programs to improve the mental health in the workplace.”

The survey has been launched this week and can be accessed here. Results are expected to be reported by the end of the year.

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