Mental health for creative people: five tips to thrive

Aimee Davies, founder of The Hey Mate Project, understands the unique mental health challenges for those in the arts and screen sectors.

Working in a creative field can have its emotional ups and downs. While it can be deeply rewarding, there are some challenges intrinsic to these industries that make it hard to prioritise our mental health. Being a creative person can be awesome but also nerve-wracking. We want to make art or tell stories, but we need to pay our rent.

What if our art doesn’t pay the bills? Does that mean we’re not talented or worthy of our creative calling? What if our peers are more successful? What if our friends and family don’t understand or value what we do? 

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Media Mentors exists to help creatives create. Their services include mentoring projects, helping businesses get a foothold in Australia, mentoring individuals – female and male, assisting with accessing the right industry-based training, career analysis and facilitating networking. Between them, Denise Eriksen and Esther Coleman Hawkins have more than 50 years of experience in content creation.