Outside In Is A New Video Series Detailing Mental Health Awareness As Aussie Artists Reveal All

Jess Macc (left) and Yorke.
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A stellar line-up of Australian artists and industry have taken part in a brand new video and portrait series Outside In, to raise awareness of the state of mental health in the music industry.

Created by music photographer Jess Macc, Hustle Media and music charity Support Act, the series features artists from a wide range of genres and backgrounds including Budjerah, Tania Doko, Ocean Grove's Dale Tanner, Jamaica Moana and Yorke, along with Rolling Stone editor-in-chief, Poppy Reid.

Each participant is candidly interviewed by Jess about their life and personal stories, referencing the highs and lows of being a part of the Australian music scene. The videos and portraits will be released weekly on social media from the end of August.

"There is no denying the effects that COVID has had on the music industry," Jess Macc explains, "and what we are seeing now is the aftermath. The industry was essentially told they were 'non-essential', and that eventually takes a toll where mental health is concerned.

"Vulnerability is such a beautiful place to connect and share stories from, and this project allows for that, which has been really special. My hope is that no one feels alone on their journey and that we all care for each other a little deeper."

"We all know that the mental health of many in the music industry is of concern," adds Clive Miller, CEO of Support Act, "so to be able to get a sneak peek inside the lives of some of the industry's biggest players as they openly share stories about their own personal journeys is a fantastic step in raising awareness and encouraging others to be brave and reach out for support if they need it."

Anyone working in Australian music or the arts who needs someone to talk to is reminded to reach out to the Support Act Wellbeing Helpline, a free, confidential phone counselling service accessed by calling 1800 959 500.

The Helpline's experienced counsellors are available to discuss anything from mental health and wellbeing issues to career concerns, financial management or conflict resolution.

"It's a new era for speaking on the topic of mental health and personal struggles," adds Jess. "We still have a long way to go though, so making space for projects like this is really important for the music industry.

"Photography, music and mental health are three things I'm extremely passionate about so to be able to marry them all together for this project has been the biggest joy. The willingness of artists to be open and ready to share is not wasted on me. It's a real honour."

For further information on Support Act and the Wellbeing Helpline, visit supportact.org.au. To watch the full video and portrait series, follow @outsidein.tv on socials with a new episode dropping each week.

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