Australian entertainment industry professionals show levels of mental ill-health and suicidal behaviour substantially higher than those of the general population. Converging data from recent research has highlighted the importance of developing industry-tailored strategies to improve and promote entertainment professionals’ 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 entertainment industry professionals in addressing their mental health and wellbeing needs.
Everymind has completed a research project on the extent of mental ill-health in the entertainment industry specifically, exploring a number of associated factors, including a range of personal, social, workplace and employment characteristics. The results and recommendations from this research, which will soon be published, will guide the development of programs and supports to enhance mental and physical health, tailored to the needs of entertainment industry professionals.
Acting Director, Everymind, and Conjoint A/Prof, University of Newcastle
A/Prof Loughland, a senior registered psychologist, has a strong national and international track record in translational mental health research, particularly in severe psychotic disorders. She has published 73 peer reviewed articles in high quality journals (e.g., Nature and Nature Genetics), presented at 51 national and international conferences, including as keynote speaker and symposium chair, and holds key roles in national and international scientific committees.
Acting Program Manager, Everymind
Dr Fitzpatrick is a developmental and clinical psychologist who is passionate about understanding the factors that contribute to the mental health and wellbeing of all Australians. She is particularly passionate about translating this knowledge into evidence-based programs that focus on children and families.