NiTRO Creative Matters

Perspectives on creative arts in higher education

Mental Health

Victoria’s Arts Wellbeing Collective has released a guide for performing arts organisations and their collaborators that provides practical strategies to help improve mental health in the workplace. The Work Well Guide responds to research conducted by Victoria University and Entertainment Assist ( and to subsequent commissioned research which highlighted the increased

By Eileen Siddins — In the past few years, published reports have indicated concerning trends in creative artist mental health. For example, five Australian entertainment industry workers attempt death by suicide every week, [1] with those in the entertainment industry experiencing depression symptoms five times higher [2] than the general population (Eynde,

"Where’s the evidence?" Entertainment Assist (EA) received a fairly typical pollie response when they raised the mental health problems present in the Australian entertainment industry. Yet as Susan Cooper, EA General Manager discovered, "apart from a couple of studies in the UK and US there was nothing - no whole-of-industry study