BAPAM Training Day – Mental Health Perspectives Session 1: Anxiety

January 20th, 2017

London, National Council For Voluntary Organisations
Saturday, 20 May 2017
09:30 - 17:00

Performing arts mental health has recently been the welcome focus of much attention in the media and throughout the industry, and with increasing numbers of mental health professionals joining our Directory of Practitioners, we’re planning a series of events sharing informed perspectives in this area. We’re starting this programme with our May 20 Training Day focusing on Anxiety. Registration is now open.

BAPAM Training Days are aimed at healthcare practitioners and are a platform for sharing professional expertise and good practice, supporting a network of performing arts medicine professionals. They are also of particular relevance to people working in arts education, employment, welfare, and support. All are welcome but for performers and other groups wishing to learn and share practical skills for healthy, optimal performance, we’ll also be building on our programme of workshop-based sessions though 2017. We’ll keep you up to date on future events.

BAPAM Registered Practitioners who wish to attend should note that they now qualify for the lower ‘BAPAM Authorised’ price bracket.

Our programme includes presentations on:

Diagnosis & Management of Anxiety Disorders

Techniques for anxiety management in performers

Performance Anxiety: research and practice using the Performance Simulator at the Centre for Performance Science, Royal College of Music

Perfectionism: the good, the bad and how CBT can help

Performers’ experiences: interviews and Q and A with performers

Arts Minds Project – Research Findings

Speaker details, full information and tickets available now on the event page - Book Your Place Now

Free Performing Arts Medicine Learning Day London June 17

May 26th, 2017

Organised by the UCL Performing Arts Medicine MSc team, this free event takes place on Saturday 17 June at the Institute of Sports Medicine and Health in London. If you would like to attend please register by emailing dsis.performingarts@ucl.ac.uk.

1st PAM Day UK
17 June 2017
10am – 4pm

What is Performing Arts Medicine?
Research in PAM
The Performer Patient
PAM Career Forum

Health Education in the Arts Survey

May 25th, 2017

Researcher, Lisa Brachfeld, from the MSc Performing Arts Medicine programme at University College London, invites musicians, dancers, actors, and singers who are professionals or students/teachers at accredited conservatoires to participate in a new study of health education in the performing arts. The aim is to prove that performers could benefit from more health and injury prevention education. Learning about attitudes towards this subject will help to improve the effectiveness of education curriculums.

Take the survey here

Actor Bob Cryer Walks 100 Miles for BAPAM (and Werner Herzog)

May 18th, 2017

Thanks very much to actor and writer Bob Cryer, who is about to walk 100 miles and donate funds raised to BAPAM.

You can read more about just why Bob is walking 100 miles (at the behest of film director Werner Herzog no less), and help us help performers beat work-related health problems here: Bob’s Herzog 100 Mile Walk

“I walk for several reasons, but chief among them has become the positive effect it’s had on my mental health. Life as an actor and writer can be incredibly rewarding and I consider myself very lucky to be able to spend my days pursuing a career in the arts, but it’s vagaries can often render you confused, stressed and isolated. Walking can help clear the mind and gain some perspective. On the whole, I feel like I’ve been spared some of the darker spirals that can take hold during a bout of black dog, but many others are not so fortunate.

A career in the arts, which is so reliant on self evaluation, self expression and self examination, can place a more targeted kind of burden on a person’s mental health. And when you consider that one in four people in the UK will experience mental health issues at some point their life, then consider what the effects are on those in the performing arts.

Yes, the highs are incredible but the lows are indelible”

The Foundations of Good Mental Health

May 10th, 2017

To coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week 2017,  BAPAM Registered psychologist and performance coach Dr Carol Chapman, writes for Spotlight with essential tips for actors (and all performers) on building good mental health and resilience.

Read the article here

Mind Out! Mental Health and Theatre Event

May 4th, 2017

Thursday 18 May, 6.30pm
The Actors’ Church, Covent Garden

BAPAM’s Deborah Charnock will join the panel at this year’s Theatre Chaplaincy UK (TCUK) Spring Lecture, addressing mental health in the theatre. Stephen Fry will be giving a keynote speech entitled Mind Out! This occasion is part of a growing movement to break the taboo and stigma that still surrounds issues of mental health in the theatre. Stephen will then join in the panel discussion followed by Q&A, with panellists Dr Deborah Charnock, Chief Executive of BAPAM and lead advisor on the ArtsMinds website; Annemarie Lewis Thomas, Principal of the Musical Theatre Academy, who launched the #time4change Mental Health Charter for the Arts; and the Rt Revd Geoff Annas, Bishop of Stafford, a TCUK trustee with 30 years’ first-hand experience as a theatre chaplain. The lecture is free and open to all. Afterwards there will be refreshments and the opportunity to mingle and talk further.

April 2017 Newsletter

April 12th, 2017

Read our April 2017 Newsletter here

Training Day – Mental Health Perspectives. Session 1: Anxiety

Induction Day: An introduction to performer health and BAPAM’s work

ISM Webinar with Dr Jane Oakland

UCL Performing Arts Medicine MSc Update

Research Projects Update

Supporters: Thank You!

Performers Health Hub App Launched

March 30th, 2017

Dance Longer Dance Stronger has launched a new app designed to enable performers to locate a range of dance-specialist healthcare, both private and NHS, and reliable, evidence-based resources on a range of health topics including fitness, first-aid for dancers, nutrition and hypermobility.

Resources on the Performers Health Hub are drawn from a consortium of organisations at the forefront of dance medicine and science research and advocacy including National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science, One Dance UK, Safe in Dance International and the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine and will be continually updated as research progresses.

The app has been developed in response to the high injury rate among dancers and the lack of time available due to the nature of their work, to conduct thorough research in locating top quality healthcare.

Around 80% of all dancers will suffer an injury each year through training, rehearsal or performance* or as a result of fatigue and overwork, insufficient warming-up or cooling-down, recurring injury or not being able to respond to the early warning signs of injury**.

Due to the nature of their work, and the demands of their complex schedules, dancers, teachers and choreographers can find it extremely challenging to find the sufficient time needed in order to locate reliable, dance specialist care and resources. This can lead to many dancers abandoning the search altogether and working through an injury.

Director of Dance Longer Dance Stronger Claire Farmer comments: ‘By housing this vital information in one place, the app removes the need to spend precious time searching the internet and attempting to establish the quality and reliability of the information available there. Dancers can quickly find dance specialist healthcare practitioners and clinical services, providing the expert knowledge that can help dancers then return to the studio quicker.’

To download the app please visit the Apple or Google stores.

The information on this app is not intended to diagnose an injury.  If you are concerned about an injury please always consult a registered healthcare professional.  To query any of the information highlighted in this app please contact Dance Longer Dance Stronger directly.

For more information contact: Claire Farmer MSc info@dancelongerdancestronger.com

*Laws, H (2005) Fit to Dance 2, Dance UK, Newgate Press, UK: London

** Brinson, P & Dick, F (1996) Fit to Dance, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, UK: London

Osteopathic Performing Arts Care Association Study Day

March 29th, 2017

The Osteopathic Performing Arts Care Association (OPACA) are a group of osteopaths who have a special interest in the care of performers. Members include BAPAM registered osteopaths Michael Mehta, Karolin Krell, Nikki Ellis, David Propert, Alison Judah, Toby Pollard-Smith and Lazarus Nono.

Presented by dancer and choreographer, Russel Maliphant, and Osteopath, Andrew ferguson, the first OPACA Symposium and study day, The Dancer’s Body: Integrity and Fluidity, will be held on Saturday May 6th at the General Osteopathic Council in London.

Find out more here.

Alison Loram Muscle Function Research Published

March 24th, 2017

Alison Loram is a BAPAM-registered Alexander Technique teacher with expertise in the technique’s application to performance and practice, and ergonomics of instrumental playing/singing. She is a graduate of UCL’s Performing Arts Medicine MSc, violinist and research scientist. Her current research work investigates muscle function and motor control, and strategies of changing habits associated with chronic pain, injury and performance limitation.

The first of the papers directly associated with this research has recently been published, and is open-access. You can read the paper here:

Proactive selective inhibition targeted at the neck muscles: this proximal constraint facilitates learning and regulates global control.

Other articles explaining and verifying the techniques used in the experiments and analysis have also been published. For example, the use of ultrasound imaging to determine the change in neck muscle activity was completely novel and so the method had to be set out, explained and the analyses processes, not just of the data but of the images themselves, had to be documented, peer-reviewed and published.

The technical paper Real-Time Ultrasound Segmentation, Analysis and Visualisation of Deep Cervical Muscle Structure is also open access.

Spotlight Open House

March 23rd, 2017

Spotlight Open House, kicking off on Monday 3rd April, is a jam-packed week of workshops, Q&As and one-to-ones led by top industry professionals working across all areas of film, television and theatre.

BAPAM Registered counseling psychologists, Dr Carol Chapman and Jane Oakland will be taking part in the events, offering free 30-minute one-on-one sessions, a completely confidential opportunity for actors to discuss any challenges that they’re currently facing for which they may require support. All of these sessions are already fully booked.

Many people in the performing arts will experience challenges with their mental health at some point in their lives. In response, Spotlight, Equity, The Stage and BAPAM developed ArtsMinds to offer support for people who need it most and encourage people in the performing arts to talk more about the importance of getting support.

At BAPAM, we also offer free in-depth clinical advice for anyone working professionally or studying in the performing arts, and list specialist practitioners on our Directory of practitioners.

Many events throughout the week will be livestreamed and you can also follow updates on Twitter using the hashtag #SpotlightOpenHouse.