Resources to help you look after your wellbeing

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Health and Wellbeing

Resources to help you look after your mental and physical wellbeing, especially with issues affecting creative workers and women in the performing and creative industries. 

Speak to us if your work is affecting your health

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 us on 020 7379 6000. Or you can contact the official for your sector directly - find their details on contact page.

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Body image

Aesthetic labour and body shaming

Increasingly, performers are sharing concerns about the pressures they face in relation to their appearance and the policing of their bodies.

Be Real

The Be Real Campaign is determined to change attitudes to body image and help all of us put health above appearance and be confident in our bodies. 

Body image report from the Mental Health Foundation

Research and recommendations on body image.

Body neutrality movement

Article about the body neutrality movement and accepting your body. 

Body positivity influencers

Instagram accounts promoting body positivity. 

Young Minds on body image

Advice for young people on body image.

Eating disorders

Eating disorders and unhealthy attitudes to food and eating can have a huge impact on the lives of workers in our industry, especially women. Help and advice for all types of eating disorders can be found on the NHS website            

SEED also offer an eating disorder support service.

Health and safety

Your employer has a duty of care for your health and safety — both physical and mental. Read about what you should expect from your place of work in the Equity Guide to Health and Safety.

Illness or injury

If you're involved in an accident, it's important to seek proper compensation for any injuries you sustained until you are able to return to work. Read our advice on what to do if you have an accident at work

BAPAM

The British Association of Performing Arts Medicine provides specialist health  support for people in the entertainment industry.

Insurance

Make sure you're aware of Equity Members' Accident and Backstage Insurance Cover. Nearly all full members who are up to date with their Equity subscriptions are automatically covered by this policy. Read our insurance guide

Mental health 

ArtsMinds - specialist support for creatives

ArtsMinds is an information hub where performers and creative practitioners can find specialist support. It covers everything from your career and finances to your health and relationships. ArtsMinds is a joint initiative between Equity, BAPAM, The Stage and Spotlight.

British Association for Performing Arts Medicine

As an Equity member, you can have six free counselling services through BAPAM. If you’re experiencing mental health issues, speaking to someone can really help. 

Online resources for creative workers

BAPAM have online resources to help with everything from performance anxiety to psychological self-care to healthy touring.

Samwell

A not-for-profit online platform and peer support community which helps performers maintain a healthy mind throughout their careers. They provide practical guidance, access to inspirational content and connection with experts or other performers with shared experiences.

Further resources

Miscarriage

Advice, employment rights and how to get help with workplace issues if you've experienced a miscarriage. 

British Fibroid Trust

British Fibroid Trust is a UK based voluntary not-for-profit patient support Group which is run by volunteers. They provide balanced information, independent of health care provider's interests.

Endometriosis

Support for those affected by endometriosis.

Equity Charitable Trust

A charity offering support to those in financial crisis.

Fitness discounts

Your Equity membership provides you with discounts to a range of local fitness and wellbeing classes. 

Lesbian and bisexual women's health

NHS guidance for lesbian and bisexual women.

Miscarriage

Baby Loss Awareness

Support for anyone touched by pregnancy and baby loss. 

Miscarriage Association

Information and resources for those affected by miscarriage, molar pregnancy or ectopic pregnancy.

Sands

Sands is the leading stillbirth and neonatal death charity in the UK. Sands exists to ensure that anyone affected by the death of a baby receives the best possible care and support for as long as they need it.

Tommy’s

Tommy’s researches into miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth, and provides pregnancy health information to parents.

The Mix

Resources for young people across a variety of issues, particularly mental health.

Periods at work

Charity Each Other on periods at work and periods and the Equality Act. 

Reproductive health

Unison resources on reproductive health in the workplace. 

Shape arts

Mental health tips for arts workers.

Trans and non-binary support

Organisations and online information for trans and non-binary people.

Women's Radio Station 

Radio station supporting women’s well-being with discussions, charities and events.

Equity guides and documents

The resources below outline campaigns and resources that have been created by Equity to further support the health and wellbeing of its members.

  • Making an appearance 
    Report from the Women’s Committee and Royal Holloway University’s research into aesthetic labour.