AHRI Awards: The Mark of Excellence


Martin Seligman Health and Wellbeing Award

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Arts Centre Melbourne

An extensive Victoria University study of entertainment industry workers uncovered shocking statistics. Of the 3,000 surveyed:

  • 44% experienced symptoms of moderate to severe anxiety.
  • 15.2% experienced symptoms of moderate to severe depression.
  • Nearly 30% had thoughts of suicide.
  • Nearly 1 in 10 had attempted suicide.

Arts Centre Melbourne takes its role as a sector leader very seriously, and saw a widespread need to address mental health in our sector. Existing mental health programs were at odds with the unusual nature of creative work. We created a tailored prevention program for the whole performing arts industry.

In its third year, the Arts Wellbeing Collective continues to create positive, systemic cultural change in the performing arts. Described by workshop participants as "earth shattering, empowering, and thought provoking", ongoing impact measurement evaluation includes focus groups, interviews, and written feedback.