Everymind together with Never Not Creative and UnLtd has today launched key findings from Mentally Healthy 2020, a study into the mental health and wellbeing of those working in the media, marketing and creative industries within Australia.
The Mentally Healthy research, conducted by Everymind, measured the levels of depression, anxiety and stress across these industries and sought to identify areas for improvement.
More than 1,500 employees across the media, marketing and creative industries participated in the survey, which took place during February and March 2020 and was further supplemented by a pulse-study in May 2020 which measured the impact of COVID-19.
Everymind Acting Director, Associate Professor Carmel Loughland said the overarching message from these results is that the mental health and wellbeing of Australians in every workplace setting is a shared responsibility.
“We know that those who work in media, marketing and creative industries have higher instances of mental ill-health compared with national average,” Associate Professor Loughland said.
“Make no mistake, this has been a tough time for many and we know people are struggling, especially those within these industries.
“Overwhelmingly, we know that the quality of sleep continues to be a factor impacting mental health and these industries.
“People with good quality sleep are twice as likely to have fewer symptoms of mental ill-health.
“We have found that connection and exercise increased during COVID-19 – with many in the industry increasing contact with family and friends via phone and video.
“This could be a contributing factor as to why we haven’t seen a dramatic dip in mental health and wellbeing among these industries.”
“Above all else, Everymind is dedicated to learning more, listening and exploring through research how and in what way we can support communities and individuals.
“We are determined to ensure the specific needs of those who make important contributions to the community such as individuals who work in media, marketing and creative industries are not only heard but addressed.”
Find out more about the 2020 results here