Designing mental health

You design everything else, why aren’t you designing your mental health?

Some days work is hard and home is great. Then it flops. And then it flops again. And sometimes it all goes to hell in a hand basket and everything is crap.

The creative industry is arguably more prone to mental health issues because we live on an emotional edge. We design with empathy and when we don’t get empathy in  return, we hurt.

So, is there a fix?

Whether you’re a studio owner or a designer on staff, good mental health is a challenge. And it’s not just all about you, we all have a responsibility to recognise, and act on, any potential problems in our team and in our studio.

But what do you do when you see a colleague stressed by work?

How does a studio owner deal with mental health issues?

Are mental health days a thing?

Should you have circuit breakers during busy periods?

How many hours do you expect people to work?

Do you put undue stress on suppliers (causing mental health issue for them)?

How do you counter the stress passed on by clients?

We’re looking for answers

There are many answers to these questions and there are many more questions to ask.

Come to our Designing your mental health UNseminar to discuss options and listen to how others cope.

Designing your mental health UNseminar

Monday 26th November 2018
Golden Gate Hotel
The Coventry Room
238 Clarendon Street, South Melbourne VIC
6pm for a 6.30 start.


The presenters

Two presenters will talk about this issues from very different perspectives.

Nancy Bugeja, Managing Director HM Group.

As a creative working to manage creatives and a mother Nancy has to find ways to balance home and work. Her journey and its learning are inspiring. After 21 years has she got it worked out? In Nancy’s words:

As a leader, I cultivate a culture that fosters creative collaborations, to execute meaningful work that is both progressive and relevant to our clients and our industry.

Andy Wright, MD Streamtime, Founder Never Not Creative

Andy has an impressive career: General Manager, Interbrand to MD at R/GA, Co Founder For The People Agency and now MD at Streamtime.

Recognising issues facing the creative industry, Andy founded Never Not Creative, a community of creatives who want to make our industry a better place. NNC hope to support, inspire and come together to create the ideas, tools and solutions that improve the wellbeing of everyone in the industry and promote the value of creativity in the world.


The UNseminar will be moderated by Greg Branson, Co CEO of the Design Business Council and Co Founder of The Design Business School.

The facts

Where: Golden Gate Hotel
The Coventry Room
238 Clarendon Street, South Melbourne VIC
When: Monday 26th November 2018 6pm for a 6.30 start
Who should attend: You and your whole team
How much: $30 + gst
More info: Email Greg or phone 0412 762 045