Creative industry workers three times more likely to suffer mental health problems
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“There might be a popular image of the struggling artist but that becomes a much less romantic notion when it crosses a line into making people mentally unwell. Attracting skilled, creative people is a key element of Northern Ireland’s economic strategy and work artists and creatives produce is an important pillar of our tourism offer, ” said Peter McBride, chief executive of Inspire. “We specialise in workplace wellbeing and so we were interested in learning more about what it’s like to work in the creative industries in Northern Ireland and identify any possible areas of concern that may need attention and intervention.”Last year Ulster University launched its £5m Institute of Mental Health Sciences as well as its Creative Industries Institute.
Commenting on the report’s findings, professor Siobhan O’Neill from Ulster University said: “The results are concerning and unfortunately they corroborate evidence from our broader mental health research programmes at Ulster University, which show the high levels of mental ill health, and suicidality in the Northern Ireland population, and particular subgroups who may be more vulnerable.” She added: “We look forward to working with policy makers here to ensure that our evidence can be used to inform strategies and plan services, to help our population flourish.”__________________________________________________________________________________
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