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in Australia’s entertainment industry. It is a sobering story, which helps to illustrate why the statistics relating to the incidence of depression, anxiety and suicide are disproportionately high among those who work in film, television, theatre, music and dance. Sam Neill shares his chronic anxiety about performing on stage and why it is important he has a life away from his work. Musician Dean Ray reveals how his mental health affected his professional life in the wake of appearing on The X Factor Australia. And actor Michala Banas tells how she became crippled with depression despite success in her chosen field. Steel’s exploration of the subject takes a huge personal toll – watching him tell his parents about his damage is both heartbreaking and crucial to the ongoing conversation about mental health.