Arts Centre Melbourne has announced the launch of a new 24/7 wellbeing hotline for performing arts practitioners, part of its suite of mental health and wellbeing initiatives tailored for people working in the performing arts.

Arts Wellbeing Collective Photo © John Gollings

The Support Act Wellbeing Helpline, launched as a pilot program, is the result of a partnership with Support Act – a music charity that provides crisis relief and wellbeing support services to artists, roadies and music workers – and provides a free and confidential phone service targeted particularly at those who may not have access to professional support, such as independent theatre makers and people working in small to medium arts organisations.

“This much needed helpline is staffed by qualified clinicians who have an understanding of the performing arts sector. We recognise that our community faces particular challenges and stresses from the unique nature of our work, which can include being curtain ready under pressure and the demands of touring and its effect on mental health and wellbeing when away from routine, family and friends,” said Arts Centre Melbourne Chief Executive Claire Spencer. “Whether a person is in production, performance, or arts management, a...

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