Resources to help you look after your wellbeing
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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Increasingly, performers are sharing concerns about the pressures they face in relation to their appearance and the policing of their bodies.
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.
Research and recommendations on body image.
Article about the body neutrality movement and accepting your body.
Instagram accounts promoting body positivity.
Advice for young people on body image.
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.
The British Association of Performing Arts Medicine provides specialist health support for people in the entertainment industry.
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
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.
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.
BAPAM have online resources to help with everything from performance anxiety to psychological self-care to healthy touring.
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.
Advice, employment rights and how to get help with workplace issues if you've experienced a miscarriage.
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.
Support for those affected by endometriosis.
A charity offering support to those in financial crisis.
Your Equity membership provides you with discounts to a range of local fitness and wellbeing classes.
NHS guidance for lesbian and bisexual women.
Support for anyone touched by pregnancy and baby loss.
Information and resources for those affected by miscarriage, molar pregnancy or ectopic pregnancy.
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 researches into miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth, and provides pregnancy health information to parents.
Resources for young people across a variety of issues, particularly mental health.
Charity Each Other on periods at work and periods and the Equality Act.
Unison resources on reproductive health in the workplace.
Mental health tips for arts workers.
Organisations and online information for trans and non-binary people.
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.