Some useful resources for performers with mental health concerns or questions. We will be updating this page in the near future to include information on local support specific to individual dance and drama schools.
A free and confidential helpline providing advice and support 24 hours a day 7 days a week for anyone in the theatre industry. The people at the end of the phone are professional, friendly, approachable and knowledgeable. If they can’t help you, they will refer you on to a person or source who can.
We are working with Sophie for our launch fundraiser event to fund her wellbeing workshops in dance colleges and drama schools. Sophie is an industry professional who provides services including life coaching and counselling in workshops and on a 1-2-1 basis.
Terry Hyde is an ex-dancer who joined the Royal Ballet at age 18, moved to London's Festival Ballet (now ENB) as a soloist and performed in West End musicals, film and TV. He attained an MA in psychotherapy validated by Middlesex University and started counselling specifically for dancers in 2017, specifically to address the mental health needs of dancers. Therapy sessions are via Skype, phone or face-to-face in Southampton, Brighton & Hove and on the Isle of Wight.
A performer-specific resource created by BPAM in association with Equity, Spotlight and The Stage to bring together a raft of resources for performers and creative practitioners facing mental health issues. Offers mainly practical information about what action to take if you're worried about your finances, career etc.
A non-profit health care organisation providing specialist health support (including with mental health issues) to performing arts professionals and students, throughout the UK. You can book an appointment with a practitioner or access their health resources with advice on things like eating, stress and performance anxiety.
Mental health charity with extensive support resources and information available on their website. You can also call their Infoline from 9am - 6pm Mon - Fri on 0300 123 3393.
Charity supporting anyone affected by eating disorders, anorexia, bulimia, EDNOS or any other difficulties with food, weight and shape. You can also call their Beat Adult Helpline on 0808 801 0677, or if you're under 18, you can call their Youthline on 0808 801 0711.
Mental health charity working for children and young people's mental health. A host of resources and information for young people with mental health issues or worries.