January eNews 2022


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While we all experience change and uncertainty in different ways, it’s fair to say the new year has not kicked off how many of us in the performing arts industry might have hoped. With the ever-changing COVID-19 situation comes a variety of responses and emotions. Right now, many people are navigating anxiety and exhaustion as we enter new territory once again. If these feelings resonate for you, it might be useful to revisit a couple of our mental health matinees from last year.

Delivered by the incredible Dr Jane Miskovic Wheatley, Back After Interval explores some of the mental health impacts to consider as we continue our recovery journey back to live performance. This session explores how you can take steps to care for your mental health – and the mental health of your peers – as we help get our creative community back on stage.

Delivered by the wonderful Chris Cheers, Emotional Agility and Dealing with Uncertainty explores how to navigate feelings of burnout and how to keep going in the Arts when the future feels so uncertain. Chris gives us practical strategies for learning how to process emotion, focusing on what matters and anchoring ourselves in these challenging times.

We’re pleased to have released the first new Arts Wellbeing Collective resource for 2022 – Speak and Sing Well! For performers and anyone who has public speaking and singing as part of their work, Speak and Sing Well is a short, practical guide for supporting vocal health, during intense periods and across your career.

Wishing you good health, warmth, and creativity.

The team at Arts Centre Melbourne.



Sleep Well

A lot of us are feeling tired at the moment, and quality sleep is a key component of mental wellbeing. Take some time to unwind and read through our latest resource Sleep Well, full of practical tips and techniques for supporting restful and restorative sleep.

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 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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