The AOI, in partnership with Society of Authors and Association of Photographers have released an updated version of a resource around mental health and creative freelancers.
Illustrations by Charlotte Ager
You can download it here: Mental health and Creative Freelancers October 2020
At least one in six workers experience mental health problems, including anxiety and depression. Awareness and support to retain and grow good mental health in the workplace is increasing. However, despite some fantastic resources there is still a gap in awareness and provision for creative freelancers.
The AOI, SOA and AOP work with a wide range of creative freelancers including writers, illustrators, photographers, animators. From our conversations and research we know that there can be situations and issues that can impact on our members’ mental wellbeing and in some cases can lead to them experiencing poor mental health.
Our organisations know that the unprecedented situation has exacerbated wellbeing challenges for many. The resource was developed before the current Covid crisis – we are releasing it in draft format and welcome feedback to continue to make it as helpful as possible.