Mental Health Resources
Specialist support for creatives
Working and building your career in the creative industries is not easy. It can impact on your emotional and mental health. That’s why Equity works with mental health experts who specialise in working with people in the creative industries. They can provide you with the help you need when you need it. You can access their support whether you're currently in work or looking for work.
1 in 4 people experience mental health issues each year. Find out here how you can get help, so you don’t have to go through it alone.
Free counselling for Equity members
As an Equity member, you can have six free counselling services through the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM). If you’re experiencing mental health issues, speaking to someone can really help.
Wellbeing events and advice
The British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM) runs training sessions and events for creatives around the themes of wellbeing and health.
BAPAM also have online resources to help with everything from performance anxiety to psychological self-care to healthy touring.
If your workplace is affecting your mental or physical health
You should be treated with dignity at work, both in the hiring process and in your place of work. If at any stage of getting work or being in work, your employer (or prospective employer) is failing to provide a workspace that is safe, Equity can help. Call Equity on 020 7379 6000 to speak to someone confidentially. If your health issue arises from a non-workplace related matter, contact BAPAM and take a look at ArtsMinds resources.
Equity Mental Health Charter
Our Mental Health Charter has five key demands to improve mental health across the performing arts industry. Read the charter.
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