Last year Entertainment Assist released staggering statistics about what many of us in the industry already know – we have a mental health crisis.
With uncertainty, a lack of opportunities, and dwindling support for emerging practitioners, it’s no wonder more than half of people working in the entertainment industry suffer from anxiety, and even more from depression.
To shine a light on such a critical issue, Open Channel teamed up with Entertainment Assist, along with a panel of emerging and established filmmakers, including Steph Westwood and Ben Steel, to bring you an open and honest discussion about facing mental health issues in the film industry today.
To round out the discussion, practicing psychologist Kathleen Cator helped guide our panel and audience in ways to best face these issues whilst still being able to participate in the industry they love.
Find out more about the event at the Melbourne Web Fest website.
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