ArtsMinds Symposium: Mental Health in the Entertainment Industry

Contact: Gerard Cooke (Email)

Equity’s Bristol & West General Branch are pleased to announce it will be hosting the first ever ArtsMinds Symposium. This is a day-long event, to be held at Bristol Old Vic on Wednesday 2nd October.

The event’s focus is Mental Health in the Entertainment Industry. A series of key-note speeches and panel discussions will focus on the unique challenges around mental health in our industry, and also champion those individuals and organisations who seek to make a difference in this area.

The day will round off with an OpenSpace forum, which will allow all attendees to reflect on the day’s discussion, and to suggest the next steps forward for the well-being of all who work within the performing arts.
Our first keynote speech, on Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) will be led by Andy Moss from TUC’s UnionLearn, and Tracy Sullivan – a MHFA Trainer who specialises in the arts sector.

For our second keynote speech, Annemarie Lewis Thomas from Musical Theatre Academy will talk about about the #time4change campaign “Mental Health Charter for the Performing Arts”.
There are two panel discussions, “Support for Mental Health and Well-being” and “Mental Health in the Workplace and in Education/Training”.  Organisations taking part in the panel discussion include Playing Sane, TALK, BAPAM, Industry Minds, BECTU and Musicians’ Union, as well as other specialists in the area of Mental Health for those who work in the arts.
The symposium is being held ahead of World Mental Health Day which is on October 10th, and is free to attend, thanks to a grant awarded to the branch by Equity Council in July. The physical event accommodates 80, for whom lunch will be provided. There will be hosted remote video access for 10 participants or satellite locations. Connections will be allocated by the submission of an expression of interest.Tickets to attend in person are FREE and available on Eventbrite:
We encourage all those who have an interest in Mental Health in the Arts to attend, pose questions, and provide their insight. We will be inviting industry leaders (‘change makers’), and national press to the event, and intend this to be a pivotal moment in the vital discussion that our industry is now having.
We are exploring crèche provision for attendees with childcare needs. Please contact us on the email address below if this is of interest to you, or if you have any access concerns.
Please also email us if you have any questions, or if you would like to provide assistance in the further organisation of this event.
Your Mental Health is really important. Sources of support can be found at the ArtsMinds website, here:
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