Posts Tagged ‘Mental Health’

Spotlight Open House

Thursday, 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.

 

BAPAM Training Day – Mental Health Perspectives Session 1: Anxiety

Friday, 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

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.

Choosing a Psychotherapist or Counsellor

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

Ours is an industry that puts intense pressure on individuals. People working and studying in the performing arts frequently consult BAPAM clinicians about a wide range of psychological problems affecting their careers. Often, simple management advice and psychological self-care are enough to empower people to beat problems and achieve their goals, but sometimes it is helpful to seek further expert help from a psychotherapist or counsellor. Dr Carol Chapman, Counselling Psychologist and Performance Coach, has authored our new BAPAM Factsheet, Choosing a Psychotherapist or Counsellor, to assist people who are deciding on the most appropriate practitioner to see.

We also include links to excellent resources produced by Mind who provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem.

If you are experiencing a mental health problem you should always consult your NHS GP. BAPAM clinicians can also advise performing arts professionals and students about psychological issues relating to their work.

Resources: 

Choosing a Psychotherapist or Counsellor

I Can’t Go On: Managing Performance Anxiety (Stage Fright)

Psychological Self-Care

 

Newsletter January 2015

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Our January 2015  Newsletter  is now available to read or download in pdf format:

BAPAM Newsletter January 2015

Contents:

New and Updated Health Information Factsheets

BAPAM Trainer Network

May 2015 Training Day

Arts and Minds Survey Response

Arts 4 Dementia Pilots Orchestral Programme for Musicians

Clinics Update

Pegasus Choir Concert for BAPAM is a Great Success

You Can Help Support Us Too!

 

Psychological Self-care

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week.

1 in 5 of us suffer from mental health problems at some point in our lives so it’s important to know how to stay happy and healthy.

Help Musicians UK asked BAPAM’s assessing psychologist, Dr Carol Chapman, to share her expertise with them. Carol works with BAPAM to advise performing arts professionals and students about mental health issues related to their work in the industry. You can read her article here:

Tips for musicians to keep mentally healthy and enhance well-being

Great advice for musicians and non-musicians alike!

Event Report: Conference on Creative Arts and Mental Health

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Dr Carol Chapman (Counselling Psychologist and BAPAM Clinician)

Conference on Creative Arts and Mental Health
October 1st 2013
Queen Mary, University of London

This interesting and wide-ranging conference brought together academics, researchers, clinicians, Arts Directors from the South Bank, Barbican, Pallant House and CORE Arts together with service users/creative artists to reflect on the ways in which music, theatre, dance and art interface with mental health.

There were discussions of the relationship between Creativity and Mental Health interspersed with historical depictions of the construction of ‘madness’ in drama, from the Bacchae to Caryl Churchill. Questions relating to the social definition of normality/abnormality and the pathologising of certain eccentricities, personalities and practices along with a celebration of Mad Pride and its successors gave us all food for thought and discussion.

Vivid and moving examples of the healing power of Singing, Artwork and Drama, and their transformative power on damaged lives were presented by Bobby Baker, whose 11 year journey through extreme dysfunction to stability was chronicled by her films and artwork, Gary Molloy and Frank Bangay.

Alongside these, it was apparent that the evidence-base for the mental health and social benefits of arts therapies is growing in size and rigour. Stephen Clift’s work on singing, Paul Monk’s work on art and Nasir Warfa’s work on creating healing spaces testified to this.

As we know, using music as a therapy for a musician can be difficult, and has to be undertaken with care, because of the complex emotional and personal investment the performer makes in their playing. However I have come across many musicians who regularly use a form of music-making to let off steam, de-stress or lift their mood and there has been a small amount of research in this area.

I hope that when this conference reconvenes (it was the first to bring together all the arts therapies in this way, we learned),  BAPAM will be there to present some evidence of its own, from its unique vantage point, as a contribution to this fascinating and socially valuable field.

One Day Conference on Creative Arts and Mental Health

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

BAPAM psychologist, Dr Carol Chapman, and CEO, Deborah Charnock will be attending this forthcoming conference on the intersections between Creative Arts and Mental Health, organised by Mental Healthcare studies in the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, part of Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry:

http://www.mental-health-studies.org.uk/index.php/events

Work in these fields currently takes place within single disciplines (such as Art Therapy, Music Therapy and Applied Theatre); the main objective of the conference is to bring these and related disciplines together to explore a variety of issues common to both subjects, including: the relationship between creativity and mental health; the arts as a means of changing perceptions and provoking discussion around mental health issues; art as therapy, recovery and resilience; the arts and the representation of mental health in the public sphere.

Association of British Orchestras Conference Report

Friday, February 1st, 2013

How best do we support musicians to deal with the stresses and potential health problems associated with their working lives?

BAPAM Interim Chief Executive, Deborah Charnock, and AMABO Doctor and Honorary Physician to BAPAM, Dr Jonathan White, joined a panel discussion on performer healthcare at the 2013 ABO conference, held 23-25 January in Leeds.

The session, Wellbeing – Buzzword or Reality, was chaired by David Sulkin, Chief Executive of the Musicians Benevolent Fund. Fellow panelists included Alex Gascoine, musician from the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Simon Webb, Director of Orchestral Management at the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

The well-attended discussion involved lively comment from performers, managers and educators. There was an abundance of positive feedback about BAPAM’s essential provision of specialist and confidential advice and guidance about performance-related health problems. Major well-being issues mentioned by delegates were stress, mental health, and addiction problems, particularly alcohol (see this issue of Alcoholis - The Bulletin of the Medical Council on Alcohol, and Dr Jenny Lisle’s article, Alcohol and the Performing Arts).

Discussions included the responsibility of managers to create open and supportive working environments, as well as the role of peers as advocates for performer health. Such issues should also be seen in the broader context of public health policy.