“I can’t walk away. I cannot let it go. It’s basically who I am. [We all need to do] anything we can…towards understanding what people go through, [have] more positive mental health and [help] fellow artists.”
This is one of the stories coming out of Entertainment Assist’s world first research across all sectors in the Australian Entertainment Industry. Exploring people’s experiences and seeking anonymous voices from all parts of the industry, Entertainment Assist has a goal to reach 3000 completed online surveys by the end of March. The research aims to provide key insights and inform the development of tailored mental health support and prevention programs.
Industry wide research, embracing all sectors of the performing arts from performers to support crew, has never before been conducted in Australia or internationally. Entertainment Assist has engaged a research team at the College of Arts, Victoria University, to undertake the research project which will identify the risks and pitfalls of the industry, how people cope, what they need and barriers to support.
“Having worked in this industry as both a performer and crew member, I’m thrilled to see such an investment being made to shed light on how many within the Australian Entertainment Industry manage insecure work and maintain health and well-being. The research will provide an evidence base for targeted support and prevention programs vital to the future health and well being of industry workers both in front of, and behind, the camera lens and stage curtain.” Shane Jacobson, Entertainment Assist Patron and Entertainer.
To participate in the research or find out more, visit: http://entertainmentassist.org.au/ocd.aspx#h_entertainmentindustryresearchproject