Protecting and enhancing the wellbeing of artists and students

In the past few years, published reports have indicated concerning trends in creative artist mental health. For example, five Australian entertainment industry workers attempt death by suicide every week … Given that not only is the health of our industry at stake, but also the lives of our creative workers, it is vital that the mental health and wellbeing of artists be seriously addressed in policy.

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Five Australian entertainment industry professionals attempt suicide every week: The responsibilities of tertiary creative arts education

"Where’s the evidence?" Entertainment Assist (EA) received a fairly typical pollie response when they raised the mental health problems present in the Australian entertainment industry. Yet as Susan Cooper, EA General Manager discovered, "apart from a couple of studies in the UK and US there was nothing - no whole-of-industry study on what was impacting in the industry not only for Australia but internationally".

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