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Victorian Arts Companies Join Forces To Improve Mental Health Of Creative Workers

Greta Bradman has helped develop the Arts Wellbeing Collective. Photo: Pia Johnson

This post originally featured on The Sydney Morning Herald.

More than 90 Victorian arts organisations have joined forces to improve the mental health of workers in the creative industries.

The Arts Wellbeing Collective, launched by Arts Centre Melbourne on Thursday, will stage workshops and provide training and resources, including a website for Victorian arts workers.

The collective was devised in consultation with arts organisations, industry group Entertainment Assist, psychologist Michael Carr-Gregg and opera singer Greta Bradman, who has a PhD in psychology and has spoken previously about her experience with depression.

The announcement follows the release in 2015 of research by Victoria University that found Australia’s 25,000 entertainment industry workers were more likely to suffer mental health issues.

The study found that workers in the creative industries experience higher rates of suicide and are paid much less than the rest of the community.

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