An extensive study of Australia’s arts and entertainment industry has revealed some shocking statistics;
- 25% of performing artists and over 50% of ‘behind the scenes’ technical and support crews had attempted or considered suicide.
- Levels of depression symptoms are 5 times higher than in the general population and moderate to severe anxiety symptoms are 10 times higher than in the general population.
Allianz is proud to announce its sponsorship of Arts Wellbeing Collective for 2017 – a one year prevention and early intervention pilot program delivered by Arts Centre Melbourne to support mental health and wellbeing in the arts and entertainment industry.
The program was developed by Arts Centre Melbourne in close consultation with leading consultant psychologist, author and academic Dr Michael Carr-Gregg, and internationally-acclaimed soprano and performance psychologist, Greta Bradman.
Helen Silver, Allianz Chief General Manager Workers Compensation, said “Allianz is proud to support Arts Wellbeing Collective and bring awareness to mental health and wellbeing issues facing the Arts industry,
“The statistics are alarming and this project is particularly close to my heart because I’ve been involved in the arts myself for many years,
“The story is so unknown. The public, for good reason, enjoy all the arts have to offer but behind all of it are some really worrying mental health issues,
“Allianz’s feels strongly about promoting the importance of nurturing good mental health and we hope our sponsorship will improve much needed support services for Victorian arts workers.” Ms Silver said.
Arts Wellbeing Collective pilot program officially launched in Melbourne yesterday and will run until November 2017.
Allianz Media Team // firstname.lastname@example.org
10 February 2017