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Read the latest report on mental health in the industry

The team behind the Blackout Immersive installation have recently released the results of the ‘UK Backstage Entertainment Industry’s Evaluation on Mental Health Awareness’.

The study was launched in September alongside the installation at PLASA Show 2019. The research was conducted by Dr Paul Hanna, Research Director in Clinical Psychology at the University of Surrey. The research has been funded by PLASA as well as fellow industry associations ALD, ASD, ABTT and PSA.

Mig Burgess, creative leader of the Blackout Immersive installation comments: “I am thrilled that as many as 1300 of our colleagues have contributed to this important survey…The data collected is a fascinating read, and I look forward to working with Paul and the amazing associations and industry bodies that helped to fund the study, to see if we can implement actions that can help to promote awareness and reduce stigma around mental health.”  

Dr Paul Hanna adds: “This mental health evaluation of the UK Technical Backstage Entertainment Industry represents a very important first step in gaining a better understanding of mental health within the industry…The industry is taking mental health very seriously, something represented by the commissioning of this report amongst many other initiatives…I look forward to working with the industry over the coming years to help support a more positive approach to mental health for all involved in the industry”

Read the report at