SYDNEY MORNING HERALD: Creativity linked 'to higher risk of suicide'

Press/Media: Expert comment

Release date: 18/3/2017

Description

While the numbers for creative people are low, Louis Appleby, professor of psychiatry at Manchester University, said that they were statistically significant. "This is probably the best data we've ever had on this issue," he said.

"There are factors in that group that might put them at greater risk. The availability of alcohol and drugs are well-recognised risk factors.

"Disruption to personal relationships is another factor. People have to spend time away from home and work antisocial hours."

A 2015 study found that creative people were 17 per cent more likely to suffer from mental illnesses such as schizophrenia. But Professor Appleby said he was "quite sceptical" about the link between creativity and poor mental health.

"Maybe some people who have some emotional volatility might be drawn into the entertainment world, but to make a definite link would be quite speculative," he said.

Media contributions

TitleCreativity linked 'to higher risk of suicide'
Media name/outletSydney Morning Herald
Country/TerritoryAustralia
Date18/03/17
DescriptionWhile the numbers for creative people are low, Louis Appleby, professor of psychiatry at Manchester University, said that they were statistically significant. "This is probably the best data we've ever had on this issue," he said.

"There are factors in that group that might put them at greater risk. The availability of alcohol and drugs are well-recognised risk factors.

"Disruption to personal relationships is another factor. People have to spend time away from home and work antisocial hours."

A 2015 study found that creative people were 17 per cent more likely to suffer from mental illnesses such as schizophrenia. But Professor Appleby said he was "quite sceptical" about the link between creativity and poor mental health.

"Maybe some people who have some emotional volatility might be drawn into the entertainment world, but to make a definite link would be quite speculative," he said.
URLwww.smh.com.au/world/creativity-linked-to-higher-risk-of-suicide-20170318-gv11ep.html
PersonsLouis Appleby