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We’ve extended our engagement survey to Sunday 8 May. We’d love to hear from you!

When the Arts Wellbeing Collective began just over 5 years ago, the unique pressures of our industry and the toll they can take on our people’s mental health and wellbeing were deeply felt across the sector. While some places excelled in supporting their people and creating mentally healthy environments, many organisations struggled to identify or implement practical, everyday actions for supporting mental health in our workplaces. In general, we knew why mental health mattered at work, but were unsure how to address this most effectively.

Across the life of the Collective, we’ve been heartened to see literacy and awareness of mental health significantly improve, as well as a greater understanding emerging about the impacts of stigma and discrimination; the importance of help-seeking; and a growing willingness to trial practical preventative actions.

After 2 years of a global pandemic, no one needs to be convinced that mental health matters. We have a long way to go though, to make our live performance workplaces truly work for everyone. Working together, we can create the industry we want to work in that enables our practice and our people to thrive.

So, what’s working? What’s missing? What comes next? We want to hear from you! We are currently undertaking strategic planning and engagement to help shape the Collective’s goals and priorities for the next three years and are running a survey to help us better understand your experiences of the Collective so far, as well as your ideas for what needs to happen now.

We’ve extended the survey to Sunday 8 May 2022 to make sure that we hear from as many people as possible. And we have 5 x $100 Arts Centre Melbourne gift vouchers up for grabs for completing it!

Take the survey now to enter the draw!

Gift Vouchers are valid for 3 years from the date of issue, and can be redeemed on any Arts Centre Melbourne ticketed event (excluding those at the Sydney Myer Music Bowl).

Wishing you good health, warmth, and creativity,
The team at Arts Centre Melbourne

Resources

Festival Well

Good news! Our latest resource, Festival Well, has just been released! We know festivals have something special to offer – and working across their peaks and troughs can have an impact on our wellbeing. Festival Well is a practical, evidence-based guide for taking care of your mental health and wellbeing and supporting your mates in and out of festival seasons. Proudly supported by the Ron and Margaret Dobell Foundation.

Speak and Sing Well

Maintaining vocal flexibility, versatility and stamina helps us manage the changing demands on our voices from role to role, with our general health and wellbeing, and as we age. Check out our latest resource Speak and Sing Well for practical tips and techniques for keeping your voice fit and healthy.

Support

Support Act Wellbeing Helpline

The Support Act Wellbeing Helpline is a 24/7, free, confidential phone counselling service available Australia-wide to anyone who usually works in the creative industries. You can make an appointment, or request to speak with an experienced, qualified clinician immediately about any aspect of your mental health and wellbeing. There is dedicated First Nations support and dedicated support for arts managers and leaders available. Call 1800 959 500, 24 hours a day, seven days a week to make an appointment. If you or someone you know is at immediate risk, please contact the Emergency Services on 000.

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