Julia Edwards, General Manager of Entertainment Assist, confirmed the urgent need for support for members of the industry who are five times more likely to suffer depression than the general population.
“Right now, thousands of people in the Australian Entertainment Industry are suffering further financial hardship due to the cancellations of festivals, shows and activities across all sectors of the industry. This financial hardship is adding further strain to the mental wellbeing of these workers,” Julia said.
“The COVID-19 crisis has created greater challenges where individuals are not earning, so the entertainment industry desperately needs government intervention to assist in mental health matters,” she added.
With over 45% of the industry receiving and annual income of less than $30,000, financial insecurity restricts their ability to access the support services they desperately need.
“We have to consider how these people will live day to day and while Entertainment Assist is working with the industry to provide support, it is clear there is a desperate need for free access to professional mental health services,” Julia said.
The support from Entertainment Assist includes the opportunity for individuals from the industry being able to register to participate in a series of free mental health and wellbeing webinars called INTERMISSION. Entertainment Industry workers can register by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
The correlation between mental health and financial hardship is significant and people needing some self-care management are encouraged to view the support lines available via the Entertainment Assist website and to register for the free webinars.
Entertainment Assist is a national health promotion charity supporting the mental health and wellbeing of the Australian Entertainment Industry. Working with peak bodies, industry leaders, organisations, educators and individuals our resources are directed towards continued research and education.