Develop evidence-based frameworks and approaches to prevent anxiety and depression among those working in the entertainment industry and teaching professions
Australian entertainment industry professionals show levels of mental health problems and suicidal behaviour that are substantially higher than the general population. Converging data from recent research, has highlighted the importance of developing industry-tailored strategies to improve and promote entertainment industry professionals’ mental health and wellbeing. These converging results highlight the importance of developing industry-tailored strategies to improve and promote Australian Entertainment Industry Professionals’ (AEIPs) mental health and wellbeing.
In order to develop a strategic and coordinated action across the full spectrum of activity required to address these concerns, an Australian Alliance for Wellness in Entertainment (AAWE) has been convened by Entertainment Assist, a health promotion charity that raises awareness about mental health in the performing arts and entertainment industry. Entertainment Assist has partnered with leading mental health organisation Everymind to develop targeted ways to assist AEIPs addressing their mental health and wellbeing needs.
Everymind is gathering preliminary evidence on the extent of mental health problems in the entertainment industry specifically, and also explores a number of associated factors, including a range of personal, social, workplace and employment characteristics. The results will be used to guide development of programs for enhancing mental and physical health, tailored to the needs of AEIPs.
Jaelea Skehan is an internationally respected leader in the prevention of mental illness and the prevention of suicide. Jaelea is passionate about translating evidence into practice and building the capacity of individuals, families, organisations and communities to be involved in mental health and suicide prevention. [More]
Ross has been with Everymind since 2012. Prior to joining the Institute, Ross completed a Bachelor of Psychology (Hon I) and a PhD in Biomedical Science at the University of Newcastle. His current role involves leading the Institute's mental health and suicide prevention research team. [More]