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.