Am I depressed, or just over it?

A kit of resources and advice tailored for the arts on World Mental Health Day

The most read ArtsHub story over the past 18 months has been Why creative people are more prone to depression.

It echoes what many reports and surveys have revealed – that the COVID-19 pandemic has taken a significant psychological toll on our sector.

But feeling a kind of snowballing impact on your mental health is not just a ‘sensitive artist thing’. In June this year, the Australian Bureau of Statistics reported that one in five (20%) Australians has experienced high or very high levels of psychological distress during the pandemic – a figure that has been pretty consistent since the first lockdowns began in March last year.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina

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