Our founder Andy Wright sat down with Mi3 to discuss the state of mental health in the creative and media industry, alongside Mark Coad, Mediabrands CEO, Kirsty Tavae, TKR recruitment founder and Imogen Hewitt, Spark Foundry CEO.
The article highlights the talent crisis is leading to higher rates of burnout from being promoted too quickly and staff shortages, and this is contributing to poorer mental health. In fact, the 2022 Mentally Healthy Survey found 46% of creative and media professionals display moderate to severe symptoms of anxiety and depression.
So outside of the talent crisis, what other factors in our workplaces are related to poor mental health? Andy Wright said “those reporting lower levels of mental wellbeing are more likely to witness others taking the credit for their ideas, have felt undervalued compared to other colleague sand believe their opportunities to progress have been restricted by their managers. If we want to make a dent in the mental health issue in our industry we have to focus a lot more on how we work. The typical wellbeing initiatives employed by businesses are a 'nice touch' but we need to take a deeper look at the causes vs just treating the symptoms.”
There are more jobs than there are unemployed people in the wider economy currently and therefore it is more important than ever for leaders to prioritise people through effective mental health initiatives if they want to retain and attract talent. To find out more about what this looks like, have a read of the Mentally Healthy survey results here.
To read the full article by Mi3, visit here.