Thank you for taking part in the Mentally Healthy 2022 survey to better understand the mental wellbeing in the media, marketing and creative industries. All responses will be anonymous, strictly confidential and only personally de-identified data will be reported.
 
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About you

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* 1. Do you currently, OR have you worked in the creative, media and/or marketing industry (including PR) within the last 12 months?

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* 2. What is your age?

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* 3. What is your gender?

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* 4. How many dependent children (aged under 15, or students aged 15-24) do you have?

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* 5. In which state do you currently live?

Your work

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* 6. What part of the industry do you work in?

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* 7. How would you describe your role in the business you work in? (tick all that apply)

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* 8. Including yourself, what is the approximate number of employees at the organisation that you currently work?

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* 9. What are your current working arrangements?

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* 10. What is the length of an average work day (or shift)?

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* 11. How many ADDITIONAL (i.e. uncontracted) hours do you typically work on an average week?

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* 12. How many of these ADDITIONAL hours are you not paid for / or do not receive time in lieu for?

Your wellbeing

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* 13. Please read each statement and indicate how much the statement applied to you over the past week. There are no right or wrong answers. Do not spend too much time on any statement. 

In the last week:

  Never Sometimes Often Almost Always
I found it hard to wind down
I was aware of dryness of my mouth
I couldn’t seem to experience any positive feeling at all
I experienced breathing difficulty (e.g., excessively rapid breathing, breathlessness in the absence of physical exertion)
I found it difficult to work up the initiative to do things
I tended to over-react to situations
I experienced trembling (e.g., in the hands)
I felt that I was using a lot of nervous energy
I was worried about situations in which I might panic and make a fool of myself
I felt that I had nothing to look forward to
I found myself getting agitated
I found it difficult to relax
I felt down-hearted and blue
I was intolerant of anything that kept me from getting on with what I was doing
I felt I was close to panic
I was unable to become enthusiastic about anything
I felt I wasn’t worth much as a person
I felt that I was rather touchy
I was aware of the action of my heart in the absence of physical exertion (e.g., sense of heart rate increase, heart missing a beat)
I felt scared without any good reason
I felt that life was meaningless

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* 14. Have you ever been diagnosed with a mental illness by a health professional (e.g., general practitioner, psychologist, counsellor, or psychiatrist)?

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* 15. Are you currently, or have you in the past, received treatment or medication for mental ill-health?

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* 16. On average, how would you rate your sleep quality over the past 4 weeks?

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* 17. On average, how many hours did you sleep each night during the past 4 weeks?

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* 18. In the last four weeks, on how many days did you miss a whole day of work because of problems with your physical or mental health?

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* 19. How many days in the last four weeks did you go to work despite problems with your mental or physical health?

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* 20. How often do you have a drink containing alcohol?

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* 21. How often do you have six or more standard drinks on one occasion?

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* 22. Are you currently taking medication for mental illness? (e.g. antidepressants, anti-anxiety medication etc)

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* 23. How would you perceive your ability to:

  Very poor Poor Fair Good Very good
Recognise if you had a mental health problem
Recognise if a friend or a family member had a mental health problem
Recognise if a colleague had a mental health problem
Find something or someone to help improve your own mental health
Find something or someone to help improve the mental health of a friend, family member of colleague
Talk to colleague about your own mental health
Talk to a colleague about their mental health

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* 24. Have you completed a Mental Health First Aid Course in the last 5 years?

Mental health & work

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* 25. Please rate your level of agreement with the following statements:

  Strongly disagree Disagree Not sure Agree Strongly 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
I would be able to talk to and support someone who had approached me about a mental health problem that they had.
I would be able to talk to and support someone who worked for me with a mental health problem.
I would feel well equipped to manage someone with mental illness

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* 26. Please rate your level of agreement with the following statements:

  Strongly disagree Disagree Not sure Agree Strongly agree
My job tends to directly affect my health
I work under a great deal of tension
I have felt fidgety or nervous as a result of my job
If I had a different job, my health would probably improve
Problems associated with my job have kept me awake at night
I often ‘take my job home with me’ in the sense that I think about it when doing other things

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* 27. 1 - Please indicate the level of stress, based on your own experience, that is associated with the following aspects of working in the industry:

  1 - No stress 2 3 4 5 - Medium level of stress 6 7 8 9 10 - Extreme level of stress
Financial stress, including unpredictable income and cash flow
Multiple responsibilities
Sense of isolation
Employee responsibility / managing staff
Feeling obliged to work when sick
Long working hours
Unrealistic expectations / deadlines
Worry about the impact of others connected to my business
Worry about the impact of the business on my friends/family
Pressure of my own expectations to perform or be creative
Pressure of judgement from clients or colleagues
Pressure to be available 24-7
Pressure to stay up to speed on trends and technology
Pressure of social media
Lack of confidence in my ability to perform tasks or cope under pressure
Uncertainty regarding the future of my role
Relationship with my Manager
Lack of training / leadership support to do my job
Social anxiety of going back to the office

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* 28. Which of the below are most important to you in terms of improving your mental wellbeing at work?

  Not important at all Of little importance Of average importance Very important Absolutely essential
Free healthy foods and snacks
Pleasant physical environment at work (e.g. inspiring workspace, breakout areas etc.)
Yoga lessons
Mindfulness initiatives in the workplace (e.g. meditation)
Leadership who leads by example
Flexible working conditions
Clear objectives
Appropriate agency/company structure and resources to deliver the work
Team building activities
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Mental Health First Aid Officers
Comprehensive wellbeing program including physical and mental health initiatives
Motivational posters
Mental health education programs and training
Empathetic, educated leaders
HOW we work

Based on Curtin University's Future of Work Institute SMART work design research, we’d like to understand the importance you place on how we work in our industry AND how well you you feel your workplace is delivering against these. First, let's start with how important you feel the below are for managing mental health at work.

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* 29. Which of the below do you believe are most important in being able to manage your mental health at work?

  Not at all important Somewhat important Important Very important Essential
I have a job that involves skill variety, task variety, and problem solving demands.
My job has role clarity, I receive clear feedback and tasks are clearly identified.
I am able to organise my own schedule, choose the methods in which I can achieve my work goals and I’m able to make judgements and decisions individually.
I experience a strong sense of support, purpose and meaning in the work that I do and have the right amount of social contact and appreciation in my role.
My job has tolerable demands on time pressure, emotional demand and management of role conflict

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* 30. And how well does your current workplace deliver on your needs relating to the SMART Work framework?

  Not at all Somewhat Satisfactorily  Very well 100%
I have a job that involves skill variety, task variety, and problem solving demands.