Yes, mental health matters in the screen industry

Wellbeing initiatives are crucial given the prevalence of mental health issues for those in the Australian 'entertainment' industries.
Mental-health is now receiving greater attention in the screen industry. Photo: Colton Sturgeon on Unsplash

A dedicated initiative for the mental wellbeing of Australian screen industry workers is long overdue. Thankfully, there are now a handful of new initiatives aimed at improving the mental wellbeing of those working in the screen industry, on camera or off.

Screen Well, launched earlier this month, aims to address the ongoing mental health challenges facing Australian screen businesses and practitioners, with those working in the country’s ‘entertainment’ industries reportedly prone to high levels of suicidal ideation, anxiety, and depression compared to the general population.

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Silvi Vann-Wall is a journalist, podcaster, and filmmaker. They joined ScreenHub as Film Content Lead in 2022. Twitter: @SilviReports