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eNews: Dec 2015
A Word from our GM Back to top

Susan CooperWelcome to this inaugural edition of Entertainment Assist's eNews! This publication will be distributed every two months and include mental health tips, industry insights and ways in which we can encourage conversations about mental health.

We were really pleased to launch our Intermission mental health training program at Out from Under, an industry event aimed at lifting the stigma of mental health in our beloved entertainment industry.  We held our first training session in October and more sessions are planned for the New Year.  Make sure you register your expression of interest.

I encourage you to forward this eNews to your industry colleagues.  If you are not already an EA subscriber, I encourage you to click here to register your support for mental health, #haveheart and make your voice matter.

As the end of 2015 draws nigh, like me, I'm sure you're spending a moment reflecting on the year that was and hoping 2016 sees the realisation of your dreams. It's important that you remember to look after yourself over the holiday period.  Here's a great article published recently in ArtsHub that outlines 50 ways to take care of yourself in the arts.

Thank you for your support of Entertainment Assist. I hope you consider joining me to "Create. Change." by subscribing to our regular giving campaign.  By making a small monthly contribution you will make a big difference.

Wishing you a safe and happy festive season.  Our office will be closed over the holiday period and will re-open on 19 January 2016.

'til next time, #haveheart and keep on taking care of you.

Susan Cooper
General Manager

Mental Health Tip: Sleep Back to top

sleepWe all need it, but getting it isn’t always as easy as just shutting your eyes.

Entertainment Assist’s research revealed that:

  • 44% of Entertainment industry workers say they’re not getting enough sleep
  • Insomnia is almost three times the level of the general population.

Aside from breathing, sleep is the single most important thing you need in life. Lack of quality sleep affects your concentration, judgement, sex drive. It increases your risk of heart disease, depression, accidents, injuries, weight gain, ageing skin… there are many reasons to get a good night’s sleep!

So, what can you do? Read more

Mental Health Tip: Moving away from "I'm fine" Back to top

I'm fineHonest communication with your colleagues can be difficult, especially when you have to consider a long shift at work, or a long-running contract. Clear communication can help to avoid a small problem becoming an overwhelming and distracting situation.

For some handy tips from Black Dog Institute, click here.


Out from Under Back to top

OFU-NameOnlyOn the 21 September a very special event was held at Her Majesty's Theatre, Melbourne, to help lift the stigma attached to mental health in our industry.  Directed by Kelley Abbey, musically directed by Chong Lim and hosted by Julia Zemiro, the event featured many stars of our Australian entertainment industry. Read more

Intermission Back to top

Intermission Training_27102015On October 27, the first ‘Intermission’ training was delivered.

Intermission is mental health training tailored to the needs of the entertainment industry and delivered by Black Dog Institute. The training isn’t a therapeutic session, but instead full of practical ways to support one another and help our industry thrive. Read more

Nation-wide Morning Tea for Two, Three or more… Back to top

Morning TeaOne of Entertainment Assist's fantastic Ambassadors, Nicholas Psarros, is organising an entertainment industry annual day of conversation about mental health. He’s starting with a nation-wide morning or afternoon tea in April 2016, bringing together those involved in the sector.  We are looking for ambassadors with a couple of hours to spare to help Nic.  Please read Nic's letter, #haveheart and jump on board! Read more

Create. Change. Back to top

Create changeDo you have just $10 a month you could contribute to help create change by supporting mental health in an industry you love?

Entertainment Assist is a charity that relies on the generosity of people who believe in our mission: to champion generational change which would see the Australian Entertainment Industry and its workers actively engaged in mental health support and suicide prevention.  Read more

In Your Words Back to top

In Your Words Icon_Do you have something to share with us about the ups and downs of our industry? We received some great feedback as part of our recent industry research project…

“My satisfaction? The audience. I find inspiration in the idea that I can help to change a person’s view of the world, if only for the time that they are viewing my work, I love to hear an audience talk after a show. To hear that they have an opinion, no matter what that might be, as it means that it has affected them in some way. This may be temporary or, on rare occasions, more long term.”

"Poor mental health. Lack of security. Uncertainty of future path. Competitiveness. Generally more time poor. Sometimes makes me wonder why.”

To send us your contribution, click here.

To download our research report, click here.