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Frequently asked questions:
The Arts Wellbeing Collective is for organisations and people working in the Australian live performing arts industry. All resources, services and initiatives are specifically tailored to meet the needs of people working in a live performance context.
We welcome all types of live performance organisations: commercial; not-for-profit; independent; fringe; small-to-medium; large organisations; festivals and more.
We welcome people from all roles, including but not limited to: freelancers and sole traders; customer service team members; technical and production crew members; wardrobe, sets and props craftspeople; maintenance and cleaning staff; administration staff; management and executives; performers; creatives; people in training; educators; and people who normally work in the industry, even when you are not currently working.
If you are not based in Australia, you are welcome to get in touch. Wherever possible and appropriate, we will do our best to connect you with others in your part of the world and to share resources and information to support you.
Membership is free of charge, opt-in and obligation-free. Joining signals a commitment on your part to promote positive mental health and wellbeing in the performing arts. All workshops, resources and initiatives provided by the Arts Wellbeing Collective are open access and free of charge.
Benefits of Membership include:
- Dedicated enews updates with all the Collective’s activities, events and new resources
- Access to specialised, tailored workshops, services and programs
- Regular digital delivery of resources
- Opportunities to connect with others from across the industry to effect positive change
- Opportunities to influence and co-create AWC services, resources and initiatives
- Priority access to AWC training offerings including Mental Health First Aid
- Opportunities to shape the shared future of our industry on mental health and wellbeing
Everyone needs help sometimes. If you or someone you know are in immediate danger, please call the Emergency Services on 000.
Industry specific supports include:
The Support Act Wellbeing Helpline 1800 959 500 is a free, confidential phone counselling service, available 24/7 to anyone anywhere in Australia who works in the performing arts, music, or other creative industries.
MEAA’s Equity Health Database is a list of psychiatrists, psychologists and GP’s for performers and crew across Australia.
Please visit the Get Help section of our website for further detailed information about services and helplines available to you. If you need help with any aspect of your mental health and wellbeing, remember to reach out.
Yes, absolutely. The Arts Wellbeing Collective team works closely with leaders and executive teams to support you to identify a mental health vision for your organsation, and to utilise your organisation’s unique strengths and qualities to co-design effective mental health and wellbeing strategies and action plans.
Whether you are looking to start a new project, team or organisation, or create a more mentally healthy workplace in your specific context, we can work with you to help you realise your vision for promoting positive mental health and wellbeing.
The Support Act Wellbeing Helpline 1800 959 500 is a shared initiative from the Arts Wellbeing Collective and Support Act that offers a free 24/7 confidential helpline to anyone working in any creative industry in Australia. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to the Wellbeing Helpline if you need support.
The Arts Wellbeing Collective program, including all resources, services and initiatives, is specifically tailored for people working in the performing arts. If you work in another creative industry, please note that our remit is primarily live performance. With that in mind, you are most welcome to use and engage with our resources and to get in touch if you have a query.
We recognise that the Creative Industries share many experiences, people, and ways of working. We will do our best to connect you to others in your industry, and to share what we have learned wherever possible and appropriate to support positive change.
Please note, our services and training offerings will be preferentially offered to those in the live performance sector.
We work closely with our members to ensure that the resources, services and initiatives we offer are suited to the specific needs and experiences of our amazing and unique workplaces.
If you have an idea that sits within a health prevention framework for how to better promote positive mental health and wellbeing in the performing arts, we want to hear from you!
Please note that submitting an idea does not mean that we will necessarily be best placed to work with you on it, but we will do our best to offer feedback and advice and to connect you with others where possible and appropriate.