October 10th is recognised as World Mental Health Day. Founded by the World Federation for Mental Health, it’s in its 25th year. This year, the focus is on psychological and emotional well-being in the workplace.
“Good mental health is fundamental to thriving in life. It is the essence of who we are and how we experience the world. Yet, compared to physical health, so little is commonly known about mental ill health and how to prevent it. That must change.”
The creative industry has a growing problem when it comes to mental health and it’s not going away any time soon.
The pressure of needing to create new, groundbreaking, pioneering, breathtaking ideas – daily, weekly, monthly, yearly – in fact for the whole expanse of your creative career, is a big enough work challenge as it is.
Then add the emerging culture of creativity-on-demand along with the rapid speed of disruptive technological change, no wonder more and more creatives are struggling with anxiety, stress-related illnesses, burnouts and mental breakdowns.