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Mentally healthy 2018 results presentation

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This presentation is about the findings from the Mentally Healthy 18 survey. A study into the mental health of the creative, media and marketing industries carried out by Never Not Creative, Everymind and Unltd in the second half of 2018.

This presentation was given by Andy Wright at a launch event in the offices of Twitter in Sydney, Australia.

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Mentally healthy 2018 results presentation

  1. 1. –Tank Industry Survey Respondent “I got into a bad habit of working late and weekends. Sometimes it was the demands of the job but other times it was the anxiety that what I was creating wasn’t good enough and that if I just keep working at it I’ll eventually get to the right solution.”
  2. 2. –Never Not Creative Community Member “I was working two jobs part time – but both ended up requiring closer to full time hours. I burnt out in a matter of months and put a lot of stress on a lot of relationships because all I cared about was work, 
 but hated a lot of it.”
  3. 3. SO HOW BIG IS OUR MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEM?
  4. 4. 1,857 RESPONDENTS 65% FEMALE 60% 35Y 18% HAVE CHILDREN 77% UNI / POST-GRAD
  5. 5. 52% CREATIVE 25% MEDIA 23% MARKETING 45% IN CO’S WITH +50 PEOPLE
  6. 6. 56% OF OUR INDUSTRY DISPLAY MILD TO SEVERE LEVELS ON THE DEPRESSION SCALE COMPARED TO 36% NATIONAL AVERAGE 0% 25% 50% 75% Creative / Media / Marketing Industry National data (APS, 2015) NORMAL MILD MODERATE SEVERE EXTREMELY SEVERE
  7. 7. NEARLY 1 IN 5 SHOW SEVERE SYMPTOMS OF DEPRESSION COMPARED TO 12% NATIONAL AVERAGE
  8. 8. 55% OF OUR INDUSTRY DISPLAY MILD TO SEVERE LEVELS ON THE ANXIETY SCALE COMPARED TO 26% NATIONAL AVERAGE 0% 25% 50% 75% Creative / Media / Marketing Industry National data (APS, 2015) NORMAL MILD MODERATE SEVERE EXTREMELY SEVERE
  9. 9. NEARLY 1 IN 4 SHOW SEVERE SYMPTOMS OF ANXIETY COMPARED TO 11% NATIONAL AVERAGE
  10. 10. I OFTEN TAKE MY JOB HOME WITH ME MY JOB CAN KEEP ME AWAKE AT NIGHT IF I HAD A DIFFERENT JOB I’D BE HEALTHIER I HAVE FELT FIDGETY / NERVOUS BECAUSE OF MY JOB I WORK UNDER A GREAT DEAL OF TENSION MY JOB TENDS TO DIRECTLY AFFECT MY HEALTH 69% 73% 81% 66% 63% 39% DISAGREE AGREE
  11. 11. WHAT’S CAUSING THIS? HYPOTHESES
  12. 12. HOURS PRESSURE STIGMA WORKPLACE PROGRAMS
  13. 13. ALMOST HALF THE INDUSTRY ARE WORKING MORE THAN THE AVERAGE 8HR/DAY CONTRACT 1 IN 3 ARE WORKING ON A WEEKEND MORE THAN ONCE A MONTH HOURS ARE SHOWN TO CONTRIBUTE TO STRESS – BUT WE CAN’T SIMPLY SAY “CUT THE HOURS AND WE CUT THE PROBLEM”
  14. 14. PRESSU RE THE PRESSURE THAT WE PUT ON OURSELVES IS A LEADING STRESSOR – ASSOCIATED WITH HIGH LEVELS OF DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY CLOSELY FOLLOWED BY THE PRESSURE PLACED ON US BY OTHERS
  15. 15. STIGMA ON AVERAGE MORE OF US AGREE THAN DISAGREE THAT PEOPLE WOULD BE TREATED POORLY IF THEY DISCLOSED A MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEM AND THEREFORE THE MAJORITY AGREE THAT THEY WOULDN’T BE WILLING TO DISCLOSE THEIR PROBLEM
  16. 16. VERY LITTLE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CLIENT AND AGENCY SIDE EMPLOYEES THE INDUSTRY AS A WHOLE IS SUSCEPTIBLE TO HIGHER THAN NORMAL DEPRESSION, ANXIETY AND STRESS LEVELS
  17. 17. WHILE THERE ARE SOME POLICIES / PROGRAMS IN WORKPLACES THE LEVELS OF MENTAL HEALTH SHOWED LITTLE DIFFERENCE MAYBE IT’S TOO EARLY TO TELL, OR MAYBE POLICIES AND PROGRAMS ARE NOT DESIGNED TO BE PREVENTATIVE
  18. 18. RESPONSE NEARLY HALF THE PEOPLE SURVEYED WORKED FOR A COMPANY WITH A MENTAL HEALTH POLICY0% 25% 50% 75% 100% 33% 28% 46% YES NO WRITTEN MENTAL HEALTH POLICY MENTALHEALTH CHAMPION MENTALHEALTH SUPPORT
  19. 19. WHAT DID WE FIND THAT POINTS TO SOLUTIONS? INSIGHTS
  20. 20. 1. LEVEL OF JOB SATISFACTION IS A KEY INDICATOR OF MENTAL HEALTH SYMPTOMS WHAT IF WE CHANGED THE MENTAL HEALTH CONVERSATION TO A JOB SATISFACTION CONVERSATION?
  21. 21. JOB SATISFACTION WHERE WE WORK AND WHO WE WORK WITH IS KEEPING US GOING – BUT ONLY HALF OF US ARE SATISFIED WITH THE WAY OUR ABILITIES ARE UTILISED 0% 25% 50% 75% 100% Very dissatisfied Dissatisfied Unsure Satisfied Very satisfied INTEREST AND SKILL INVOLVED IN JOB WAY ABILITIES ARE USED PHYSICAL WORKING CONDITIONS PEOPLE YOU WORK WITH WORK LIFE BALANCE TAKE HOME PAY
  22. 22. DEPRESSION @ WORK IF YOU HAVE YOUR OWN COMPANY YOU MAY HAVE IMPROVED THINGS FOR YOURSELF. CLIENTSIDE LARGE CORPORATE AGENCY FREELANCE 0% 25% 50% 75% 100% 13.2%12.8%10.5%8.3%7.7%6.7%6.6% 41.3% 48.2% 38.7% 45.1% 42.0%40.1% 50.3% Normal Mild Moderate Severe Extremely Severe CORPORATION SMALLAGENCY INDEPENDENT AGENCY OWN COMPANY
  23. 23. ANXIETY @ WORK CLIENTSIDE LARGE CORPORATE AGENCY FREELANCE 0% 25% 50% 75% 100% 10%10%11%11%15%16%20% 40.8% 51.1% 45.3%46.0% 42.0%43.8% 36.7% Normal Mild Moderate Severe Extremely Severe CORPORATION SMALLAGENCY INDEPENDENT AGENCY OWN COMPANY NOT NORMAL ANXIETY LEVELS IN SMALL AGENCIES ARE ESPECIALLY CONCERNING
  24. 24. 2. THE STIGMA REGARDING MENTAL ILL-HEALTH GENERALLY INCREASES IN OLDER MEMBERS OF THE INDUSTRY THE YOUNGER MEMBERS OF OUR INDUSTRY ARE MORE SUSCEPTIBLE TO HIGHER SYMPTOMS OF POOR MENTAL HEALTH
  25. 25. ALMOST TWICE THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE AGED 45+ BELIEVE THAT THEY WOULD BE TREATED POORLY IF THEY DISCLOSED THEY HAD A MENTAL HEALTH ISSUE (COMPARED TO 17-24 YEAR OLDS). BUT AS AN INDUSTRY, STILL MORE THAN HALF OF US WOULDN’T SPEAK UP.
  26. 26. STIGMA 0% 25% 50% 75% 100% Disagree Unsure Agree PEOPLE IN MY INDUSTRY WOULD BE TREATED POORLY IF THEY WERE TO DISCLOSE THEY HAD BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH A MENTAL ILLNESS IN MY INDUSTRY, I WOULD NOT TELL ANYONE IF I HAD BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH DEPRESSION I WOULD NOT WANT TO WORK WITH SOMEONE IF I KNEW THAT THEY HAD BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH MENTAL ILLNESS 33% 54% 3%
  27. 27. 3. THE PRESSURE WE PUT ON OURSELVES (AND EACH OTHER) IS A HIGH STRESSOR IN OUR INDUSTRY ALL OF THE FOLLOWING CORRELATE WITH INCREASED SYMPTOMS OF POOR MENTAL HEALTH...
  28. 28. STRESSORSPRESSURE OWN EXPECTATION PRESSURE FROM OTHERS MULTIPLE RESPONSIBILITIES WORKING WHEN SICK EMPLOYEE RESPONSIBILITY LONG HOURS IMPACT ON FAMILY/FRIENDS FINANCIAL STRESS ISOLATION NO STRESS EXTREME STRESS
  29. 29. 4. THOSE WITH INCREASED SYMPTOMS OF DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY WERE MORE LIKELY TO INDICATE THEY 
 HAD WORKED WHEN UNWELL. 64% PREDICTED THAT THEIR PRODUCTIVITY WAS REDUCED BY 40% OR MORE WHILE SICK AND TRYING TO WORK.
  30. 30. PRESENTEEISM 0 DAYS 1-3 DAYS 4-10 DAYS 21+ 
 DAYS 39% OF THE INDUSTRY HAVE WORKED MORE THAN 4 DAYS WHILE PHYSICALLY OR MENTALLY ILL IN THE LAST 4 WEEKS 11-20 
 DAYS
  31. 31. 5. RESPONDENTS ARE SEEKING HELP FROM THEIR WORKPLACE AS MUCH AS THEY ARE FROM PROFESSIONALS 0.05 0.1 0.15 0.2 0.25 0.3 0.35 0.4 12% 25%26% 37% NON-PROFESSIONAL WORKPLACE PROFESSIONAL ONLINE /PHONE
  32. 32. WHAT DOES THE DATA TELL 
 US ABOUT THE PEOPLE WHO REPORT GOOD MENTAL HEALTH? A WAY FORWARD
  33. 33. THEY DON’T COME TO WORK WHEN SICK THEY’RE CLOSE TO THE PEOPLE THEY WORK WITH THEY FEEL THAT THEIR ABILITIES ARE USED WELL AT WORK THEY HAVE FEWER RESPONSIBILITIES THEY’VE FOUND GOOD WORK LIFE BALANCE
  34. 34. NEXT STEPS HYPOTHESES FOR THE FUTURE
  35. 35. FIRST. SOME WATCH OUTS. THE GENERATIONAL DIVIDE ONE SIZE DOES NOT FIT ALL GO BEYOND POLICY
  36. 36. BEHAVIOURALCHANGE ORGANISATIONALCHANGE SYSTEMICCHANGE
  37. 37. WORKPLACE CONVERSATION FROM MENTAL HEALTH TO JOB SATISFACTION SUPPORT & EDUCATION
  38. 38. CHANGE WHAT U BRAG ABOUT SOCIAL CONTRACTS REWARDS OVER FROWNS
  39. 39. MENTAL HEALTH DESIGN INDUSTRY STANDARDS THE CREATIVE’S PLEDGE
  40. 40. THANK YOU CREATED BY: ENDORSED BY: SUPPORTED BY:

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