Join the conversation on mental health in the Australian entertainment industry

Join the conversation on mental health in the Australian entertainment industry

Live Performance Australia (LPA) is encouraging its Members to join the conversation on mental health within the Australian entertainment industry following alarming findings that highlight workers are severely at risk of mental health issues.

A recent 'Phase 1' study produced by Entertainment Assist and Victoria University into the mental health of Australia’s entertainment workers has shown entertainment industry workers are more likely to suffer from mental health issues, have higher rates of suicide, and are paid less than the rest of the community.

LPA encourages any worker in the industry that is, or knows of someone experiencing mental health issues or lifestyle concerns to contact BeyondBlue on 1300 22 4636 or access any of the specific support networks detailed on its website.

Entertainment Assist is now seeking 3000 participants for Phase 2 by the end of March. All Australian entertainment industry workers including (but not limited to): dancers, musicians, actors, comedians, circus performers, directors, producers, technicians, and backstage workers are encouraged to join this critical conversation.

The confidential online survey aims to capture the negative effects of the risky, itinerant and speculative nature of the industry in order to develop carefully targeted support and prevention programs.

LPA urges its Members to participate in this world first and vital investigation into the mental health of the industry and is committed to supporting a healthy entertainment industry.