Supporting Your Mental Health and Wellbeing
Resources to help support your mental health and wellbeing during this challenging time.
The Coronavirus Pandemic is having a huge impact on our mental health. Whilst we can’t be certain of what our industry may look like too far into the future, we will endeavour to do everything we can to support your mental health and wellbeing throughout this challenging time.
Our members are at the heart of everything we do and we continue to be inspired by the passion, innovation and resilience of our industry. We are all in this together and we are here to support you.
What we're doing to support you at this time
In October 2020 we appointed Bea Grist as our Mental Health and Wellbeing Manager. Bea will be ensuring that we provide the highest standard of support for our members at this challenging time, and in the future. Listen to Bea talk about her new role and what Spotlight is doing to support you at this time. Bea also shares some tips to help manage stress and anxiety (45 minute listen).
In November 2020, we launched The Wellbeing Series - a new programme designed to empower and support our members to navigate the mental health challenges of the acting profession and the uncertain times that we're living through. If you're a Performer member, you can take advantage of these free online events which are tailored to empower you and support your wellbeing. Details of these events will be emailed to you, so ensure you're opted in to receive the latest information. Find out what else we’re doing to support our members.
To listen to The Wellbeing Series Playlist which has a mix of helpful podcasts and meditations, Click here.
To access The Wellbeing Series Reading List, Click here.
Coronavirus and Your Wellbeing
Spotlight articles and industry specific advice and content to support you at this time.
- A Performer’s Guide to This Weird Time
- Keeping Engaged With Your Acting Career in Uncertain Times
- Positivity Out of Adversity
- 10 Tips for Managing Stress and Anxiety
- Charities Who Offer Help and Support for Performers
- Practical Self-Care Tips for Your Mental Health
- Making Lemonade in a Pandemic: How to Keep One Foot in the Industry During This Time
- Self-Motivating Through Difficult Times
- Actor in Isolation: A Survivor's Guide
Powerful Pause Guided Meditations
Guided meditations to help you to feel rested, restored and reignited. These guided meditations were featured in (or were inspired by) our Powerful Pause meditation sessions, where we come together to meditate every week. If you're a Performer, Graduate or Young Performer (18+) member, you can take advantage of these free sessions (please ensure you're opted in to receive our emails for upcoming dates and booking information).
Click here to access the Powerful Pause Meditation Library. You can also download and listen to all of these meditations on PodBean, Spotify and Apple Podcasts.
Our Favourite Resources From Mental Health Charities and Other Companies
- Coronavirus and Your Wellbeing (Mind)
- Fact Sheets on Mental Health Support, Self-Care, Performance Anxiety, Choosing a Therapist and Sources of Financial and Practical Support (BAPAM)
- Every Mind Matters - Coronavirus Mental Health Hub (NHS)
- Money and Mental Health (Mind)
- How to Deal With Change and Uncertainty During COVID-19 (NHS)
- 7 Steps to a Better Night's Sleep (The Sleep Council)
- Alternate Nostril Breathing to Relieve Tension and Anxiety (Yoga With Adriene)
- There's a Name for the Blah You're Feeling: It's Called Languishing (excellent article on mental health in 2021 by The New York Times)
- Mindfulness (NHS article on the benefits of mindfulness and meditation)
- Supporting Someone With Depression - Advice for Family and Friends (Mind)
- Managing Your Mental Health and Money After Government Cuts (Mental Health & Money Advice)
NHS-Approved Apps to Help Reduce Anxiety
- Headspace: Science-backed app in mindfulness and meditation, providing unique tools and resources to help reduce stress, build resilience, and aid better sleep (free options available)
- Calm: The Calm app offers guided meditations, breathing programmes and 'Sleep Stories' to help you de-stress and clear your mind.
- Be Mindful: A clinically proven online mindfulness course approved by the NHS, which helps you to manage anxiety through mindfulness-based cognitive behavioural therapy (MBCT)
- Meditainment: Guided visualisations and meditation techniques, leading you on imaginative journeys to dreamlike destinations to explore and reflect on a range of wellbeing topics.
- Tomo: Tomo is expertly designed to support you with many of life's obstacles including social anxiety. The app combines digital peer support with social media and proven therapeutic techniques (free)
- My Possible Self: This clinically proven app can help you to understand and identify the causes of your anxiety so you can learn coping mechanisms and manage future situations better (free)
Resources to Support Your Wellbeing as a Performer
- Reframing Feedback
- Returning to Acting After a Setback
- How to Handle Rejection
- Dealing With Jealousy
- The Waiting Game: The Post-Audition Limbo
- Post-Audition Self-Care
- Dealing With Self-Doubt
- The Actor's Sandpit: Knowing What's In Our Control
- How to Deal With Career Envy
- How to Deal With Nerves
- 6 Ways to Combat Nerves at Your Next Audition
- Work-Life Balance: The Number One Issue For Freelancers
- Parting With a Part: How to De-Role
- Keeping Your Identity as an Out-Of-Work Performer
- How to Handle Stress on a Film Set
- How to Navigate Being the Only Creative in Your Family
- An Actor's Guide to Motivating Yourself Through Uncertainty
- How to Support Your Performer Partner and How They Can Support You
- An Actor's Guide to Reconnecting With Your Purpose
Useful Contacts and Resources
- Urgent Mental Health Support (NHS)
- Mental Health Directory - a guide to free and paid services for your mental health (PDF)
- Equity COVID 19 Support
- BAPAM (British Association for Performing Arts Medicine)
- Artsminds (Support for Performers and Creatives)
- Mental Health & Money Advice - clear, practical advice for anyone experiencing issues with mental health and money
Support for Young Performers, Parents and Guardians
- A Parent's Guide to Mental and Physical Health for Young Performers
- Keeping Young Performers Motivated Whilst Waiting for Auditions to Return
- Coronavirus and Mental Health (Young Minds)
- Supporting a Young Person (Mind)
- Coronavirus and Young Peoples' Wellbeing (Mind)
- Looking After a Child or Young Person's Mental Health (NHS)
- Mental Health and Self-Care for Young People (NHS)
- Support for Young People 13+ on all Areas of Life, and Coping With Lockdown (The Mix)
- Parent's Guide to Support - Social Media and the Internet (Young Minds)
It can feel like you’re alone when things are tough but there’s support available no matter what you’re going through. If you need urgent help, there are lots of ways to get help now.
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