Posts Tagged ‘Equity’

ArtsMinds – Mental Health Resources for Arts Professionals

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

ArtsMinds is a collaborative initiative from Equity, BAPAM, Spotlight and The Stage to bring together into one place a raft of resources for performers and creative practitioners facing mental health issues. Our starting point was to try to uncover the scale of mental health issues within our industry by putting out a survey to arts professionals to which more than 5000 people responded. This new site reflects their concerns, highlighting resources to help with worries about health, careers, relationships and finances, plus information about how to help others, and what to do if you need immediate help.

One in four people will experience mental health problems and it’s important to access the right support when its needed. It’s also important to remember that the majority of people recover or learn to manage their mental health issue.

It is our hope that ArtsMinds will help support people in our industry who are dealing with emotional stress and mental health challenges. We also hope this new resource will encourage more people to talk about their situations and go some way to help raise awareness and help dissipate some of the stigma surrounding these issues.

BAPAM Scotland Awareness Meeting Report

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Dr Faith Gardner (BAPAM Clinician, Glasgow)
12th October 2013

BAPAM CEO, Deborah Charnock, and Office and Clinics Manager, Clare Hicks came to meet 30 people in Glasgow last Saturday afternoon at a meeting organised by me to introduce BAPAM to the performers and the BAPAM Scottish Directory members to performers and each other. It’s never been done until now!

Deborah and Clare outlined BAPAM’s current and future plans with an overview of the Directory and how to get involved, and Clare explained how BAPAM clinics are administered from the London HQ and what happens when Scottish performers contact them.

In my role as the BAPAM Glasgow clinician I then commented on historical and current activity at BAPAM Glasgow. I talked about why people come, how they are assessed and what might be the outcomes.

Natasha Gerson, BAPAM Trustee and Equity Co Vice-President, Dance Councillor, (for UK), and member of the Scottish Committee highlighted Equity’s relationship with BAPAM and described personal benefits from the BAPAM system.

The BAPAM Directory members present… Dr Sara Watkin (BAPAM Clinician, Edinburgh), Patrice Berque (physiotherapist), Josephine Keys (physiotherapist), Isobel Anderson (piano and Alexander Technique teacher), and Richard Beauchamp, each presented themselves… the who/what/why of their roles within performing arts medicine.

The audience and speakers performed impeccably and asked many questions, suggested many good ideas and had lots of opportunity to network among the students, institutional representatives, performers, BAPAM staff and healthcare professionals present.

I set out with the aim of increasing awareness among performers and healthcare professionals of BAPAM in Scotland. This is an ongoing process but this meeting’s success means we are on our way!!

Where to next? Watch this space!  Please contact me on faith_gardner@msn.com