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.

 

‘Composed’ – a Film about Performance Anxiety, Exclusive London Screening

March 15th, 2017

Composed invites you into the world of professional classical music, for an exploration of the many causes of and solutions for performance anxiety.  This feature documentary brings together dozens of professionals from prestigious orchestras, symphonies, and music schools to discuss their personal journeys, and consider how best to achieve excellence in the face of enormous pressure. Composed finally confirms what so many of us have always secretly wondered – no, it’s not just you who has experienced the physical and mental agonies of performance anxiety, and yes, there are many ways to overcome the symptoms and deliver peak auditions and performances.

A special preview screening, followed by a Q&A with director, John Beder, will be held at the 1901 Arts Club, Waterloo, London, on Tuesday 2nd May. Doors open at 6pm and the film will be screened at 7pm.

Book tickets here.

 

 

Frances Wilson is Fundraising for BAPAM

March 14th, 2017

Frances Wilson PhotoWe are very grateful to Frances Wilson, aka music blogger The Cross-Eyed Pianist who, as well as organising Graham Fitch’s sold out performance of the Goldberg Variations in aid of BAPAM, has now set up a fundraising page on Just Giving to help support our work. Here’s why Frances is supporting us:

I and a number of other musician friends and colleagues have benefitted greatly from the expert, specialist services and support offered by BAPAM, including access to physiotherapists and hand specialists, workshops and training days examining issues such as posture, exercise and coping with performance anxiety, and free leaflets and helpsheets via their website.

Please help BAPAM continue its important work supporting musicians and performers by making a donation.

Thank you.

BAPAM make a real difference to musicians and all performers who are overcoming work-related health problems. We enable arts professionals to make informed decisions, access effective care and get back to performing as quickly as possible.

You can make a donation here.

BAPAM Clinic in Glasgow to Close from March 2017

March 10th, 2017

Our Glasgow clinician, Dr Faith Gardner, who has been helping performers in Scotland at free BAPAM clinics since 2004, will be retiring later this month. We are very grateful to Faith for her expertise and the support she’s given us during this time, and we wish her all the best for the future.

BAPAM is in the midst of a review of our funding and national services provision. We are unable to recruit a replacement for Dr Gardner or make plans for our clinics beyond 2017 until discussions with key stakeholders have been completed, hopefully later this year. Our Glasgow clinic will therefore close from 14th March.

BAPAM clinics provide free, performing arts-specific medical advice, enabling people to make informed decisions and facilitating effective ongoing care. Dr Gardner worked with us in developing a network of colleagues in Scotland, and building relationships with local institutions including educators, orchestras, unions and employers, as well as individual performers. The clinic has been held for many years at Scottish Opera’s Technical Centre and we are grateful for their essential support. If in future we are able to re-open a clinic in Scotland, we hope to work collaboratively and build on our experience to develop an effective, sustainable service, accessible to all performing arts professionals and students.

Information about performing arts health support services and advice is available from the BAPAM team and website.

ISM Trust Publish Performance Anxiety Guidance for Music Teachers

March 10th, 2017

The ISM Trust, the sister charity of the Incorporated Society of Musicians, has published Performance Anxiety – a practical guide for music teachers, a ground-breaking publication designed to provide music teachers with a comprehensive guide to the identification and management of performance anxiety over three key time periods: long-term strategies, the week leading up for a performance, and 24 hours leading up to, throughout and after a performance.

Full information and free download here.