Supporting Mental Health in The Performing Arts

Rose Bruford College were pleased to host a conference on Mental Health and Well being for Performing Arts Colleges on June 30th on behalf of The #time4change group. 28 delegates attended including; Central School of Speech and Drama, Italia Conti, Oxford School of Drama, White Light Ltd, industry professionals, support staff, counsellors and health care professionals, MIND in Bexley, HR representatives, actors, graduates, mental health ambassadors from Rose Bruford and most importantly students.

The theme of the conference was ‘It’s OK not to be OK’. Pat O’Toole (conference facilitator) said, “It was encouraging to be able to to have a conversation about how we can support mental health and wellbeing for our staff and students in drama schools. We have to work together to remove the stigma around mental health and provide support and education. Our aim is to get every college to sign up to The Mental Health Charter for The Performing Arts”

Time4change is a peer led group launched in 2016 by Annemarie Lewis Thompson at the MTA and now has over a 100 agents, producers, companies, organisations and schools signed up. Information can be found on http://www.time4changementalhealthcharter.com/ or email info@themta.co.uk to receive a pack.