By making considered changes to workplace practices, could the screen industry improve mental health and wellbeing outcomes? Are there smarter, safer and more sustainable and innovative ways of making content?
Griffith University researchers have launched a survey to assess the state of mental health in workers across the film and television industry.
In recognition that many small screen businesses want to create a workplace culture that prioritises wellbeing, but are challenged to find the time or resources to stay across legislation, industry priorities and best practice, Screen Well has launched a free 'Wellbeing for Small Business' guide.
Venn and Screen Well have joined forces on a research project to examine on set leadership and culture, and how it impacts mental health and wellbeing. Venn managing director Jonathon Dutton shares some of the preliminary findings.
Screen Well has opened applications for its inaugural industry awards, designed to recognise wellbeing initiatives and innovations in the screen industry.
Preliminary findings of Screen Well and the Australian Directors Guild's work/life balance survey - to inform a webinar on the subject this coming Monday, World Mental Health Day - suggest directors are burnt out, fatigued, and see industry pressures as contributing to poor mental health outcomes for both themselves and their colleagues.
Together with business partner Margaret Tillson, Ben Steel has officially launched Screen Well, a website and social enterprise dedicated to improving mental health outcomes for the screen industry.