Inspire and the Ulster University have joined forces to carry out research into mental health, resilience and support structures in the arts and creative community across Ireland.
Lead researcher Dr Gillian Shorter said “Inspire and Ulster University hold a shared vision for mental health wellbeing and community resilience across Ireland. Those in the creative sector make a vital and varied contribution to the health and wellbeing of society; however, little attention is paid to the health and wellbeing of those working in the creative sector. We are carrying out a survey to understand health and wellbeing, and to ensure that support services are useful and can make a difference”.
Inspire Head of Policy and Research Lisa McElherron said “this is an important project for us. The creative industries have received a lot of attention in terms of their potential to promote economic growth and we are interested in finding out more about the health and wellbeing of the people who form the backbone of that industry. We want to understand the personal and professional support structures that creative people have developed and explore if those support services are useful, accessible and appropriate.”
Views are welcome from those all across the creative sector, including artists, industry support workers technicians and crew, advertising, architecture, design, visual arts, film, TV newspapers and radio, music and performing arts, and digital artistic works. The research team plan to showcase interim findings in September and the survey will be live until November 2017. You can take part in the survey by following this link
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