September eNews 2023


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85% of performing arts workers do not feel safe at work.

Not only that, but 66% have high/very high levels of psychological distress, more than 4 x the general population.

If you’re reading this email, it’s likely you see yourself reflected in these statistics from Swinburne University’s 2022 Mental Health and Wellbeing in Music and Live Performing Arts Survey.

What can we do?

The Arts Wellbeing Collective have developed targeted training to promote positive mental health and transform the way we work in the performing arts.

The first four sessions of the publicly available program start in October (Mental Health Month). Book now to get involved early in this much-needed movement.

Coming up:

  • Creative Self Care
    4 October, 1pm – 3pm
    Join us at Arts Centre Melbourne for our first “two hours of power”. Learn how to navigate the complex challenges of a performing arts career, and still have energy left over. Facilitated by Glenda Chi, a passionate advocate with years of experience helping creatives to flourish and find their purpose.

  • Mental Health First Aid – Online
    11 October, flexible e-learning schedule
    I love how this training helps break down barriers and treat mental health like any other first aid.” – Recent participant
    No matter where you are in Australia, you can become an accredited mental health first aider. Online learning that puts people and their psychological safety first, taught by experienced instructor and performance artist, Annette Tesoriero.

  • Creating Mentally Healthy Workplaces
    19 October, 9.30am – 1.30pm
    Join us at Arts Centre Melbourne for a half day of transforming outdated workplace practices. Connect with other leaders in your industry to find out what isn’t working, and the concrete steps you can put in place to transform your work environments for the better. Facilitated by Glenda Chi.

  • Responding to Mental Distress
    25 October, 1pm – 3pm
    Learn to provide clear, informed and compassionate support to someone in distress – whether you’re assisting a coworker or an audience member. Facilitated by Kathy Lepan-Walker, who brings a unique perspective as an Equity Delegate for MEAA.


Further Support

While our training programs are fee-for-service, the Arts Wellbeing Collective continues to offer and build upon its collection of free mental health resources. These can be accessed 24/7 on our website. Calm down with a meditation, watch a webinar or find other support in the sector.

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