A series of webinars promoting positive mental health and wellbeing in the performing arts

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Exit Stage Left
Presented live on Thursday 29 April 2021

Have you been reflecting on your career and role in the performing arts industry, and thinking you might like to use your skills, strengths and talents in another way? Whether you’re considering a different career within the arts or a transition outside the arts, this session will give practical tips and techniques for presenting your arts expertise in a way that can enable a career transition.

Presented by Susan Eldridge, Notable Values.

Workbook: Exit Stage Left

Mental health fundamentals
Presented live on Thursday, 17 September 2020

Mental health has understandably been in the spotlight throughout COVID-19. What is ‘mental health’, though, and what impacts it? This session will explore risk and protective factors, and support services, and how to access them. You will also learn some tips and techniques for asking someone else about their mental health, and helping them to get the support they might need.

Presented by Dr Jane Miskovic-Wheatley, Sage Psychology.

Understanding self and identity
Presented live on Monday, 21 September 2020

In the arts, we’re united by our shared passion for storytelling, performance, and the power of theatre to change lives. Sometimes, though, we can confuse who we are with what we do, and our identity becomes wrapped up with our work, and this has been magnified through COVID-19. This session will provide strategies to help artist cope with this challenging COVID-19 period, and explore ways in which we can reflect on our self, and find meaning, values and identity beyond our role in the arts.

Presented by psychologist, facilitator and lecturer, Chris Cheers.

Resilience and mindfulness
Presented live on Thursday, 1 October 2020

There is extensive evidence supporting the health benefits of mindfulness practice, but – as with many things – mindfulness can often be easier said than done. This welcoming, relaxed session is designed to address some of the common challenges faced when practicing mindfulness, and ways in which you can simply incorporate mindfulness into your life to build your personal resilience.

Presented by Coco Nkrumah, Reality Based Mindfulness.

Pivots and pirouettes – careers and transitions
Presented live on Monday, 5 October 2020

COVID-19 has disrupted the industry, organisations and personal careers. You might be using this time to reflect on your career in the arts, and how you might want to reconfigure, diversify or transition into another role. This session is the perfect starting point for exploring new and creative approaches to career options in the arts industry at this unique time.

Presented by Susan Eldridge, Notable Values.

Connect, rest and repair
Presented live on Monday, 12 October 2020

Connection is the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.” – Brené Brown. This is an opportunity to practice being kind to yourself and connect with a community of wholehearted people like you! Come and explore a surprisingly simple and straightforward way of attending to and comforting yourself when you need it the most.

Facilitated by Jossy Jimenez.

Navigating through change and uncertainty
Presented live on Thursday, 22 October 2020

Drawing from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy frameworks, this session will help you identify elements that might be in your control in such a chaotic world, and what you have agency over changing. Importantly too, you will learn practical techniques to build motivation to change these things! This process is aimed at ‘topping up’ your resilience to help manage change and difficult situations.

Presented by Dr Anastasia Hronis, Australian Institute for Human Wellness.

The importance of purpose for positive mental health and wellbeing
Presented live on Thursday, 12 November 2020

Are you feeling overwhelmed, uncertain or exhausted – even when you’re loving what you’re doing? You’re not alone.

The performing arts industry can feel relentless and overwhelming, especially as we start looking to recommence working in the “new normal” that is COVID-19. The churn of grant applications, deadlines, negotiating, contracting, and hundreds of other jobs that build up can all take a toll on our mental health and wellbeing. This sessions explores purpose as an antidote to this challenge, and the way in which knowing our purpose is one of the key contributors to maintaining our wellbeing.

Presented by Glenda Chi, WHY Discovery.

Emotions and presence
Presented live on Monday, 16 November 2020

Garner techniques for riding the emotional roller coaster that is COVID-19.

This session will give an introduction as to how to build awareness and tolerance of our emotional experience, and how to use it to better understand ourselves. One of the keys to doing this is developing presence. The session includes optional experiential participation.

Presented by Dr Louise Cooper, Talking Emotions.

Feeling good in the right now
Presented live on Thursday, 26 November 2020

This practical session focuses on how to use meditation to create space and energy in your everyday life.

Deone will share how meditation works, the importance of breath and how we use it, as well as several practical exercises including a mindfulness technique, guided meditation, and Moment Awareness Technique.

Presented by Deone Zanotto, Performance Based Meditation.

Sustainable creative practice
Presented live on Monday, 30 November 2020

Creating great art is one thing we’re all very good at, but how do we do it without burning out, going broke or damaging others in the process?

This session will explore why good art-making is as much about healthy processes as it is about a good final product. We’ll also discuss how to make art while ensuring the wellbeing of yourself, your audience and your colleagues.

Presented by Eugene Wong, Chief Story Shaper at A Stronger Narrative.

Looking after the Earth to look after yourself
Presented live on Thursday, 10 December 2020

Learn how you can reset your understanding of wellbeing by embedding ancient ways of knowing, doing and being into your daily lifestyle.

Create a deeper sense of belonging, a more purposeful life and greater health through the practice of Wayapa Wuurrk®, an internationally-accredited earth connection embodiment practice that draws on Indigenous wisdom of living in harmony with the environment.

Presented by Jamie Marloo Thomas, a GunaiKurnai man and Maara Descendant, and Co-Creator of Wayapa Wuurrk®.

Self-compassion break
Presented live on Thursday, 17 December 2020

“Our greatest strength lies in the gentleness and tenderness of our heart.”

— Rumi.

This session is an invitation to stop, attend and explore taking care of yourself through the practice of self-compassion. This involves becoming aware of, validating and transforming tiredness, stress, isolation, and self-judgment into connection, understanding, kindness and compassion. If possible, you are invited to sit in a quiet and peaceful space –comfortable clothes are encouraged.

Facilitated by Jossy Jimenez.

On the road again
Presented live on Thursday, 18 February 2021

Going on tour is great fun, and one of the cornerstones of our thriving performing arts sector. But, what are the mental health impacts we should consider as we continue to navigate living, working and touring with the impact of COVID-19? This session explores how you can take steps to care for your mental health – and the mental health of your tour mates – through this unique time, and ensure COVID-19 doesn’t take away from the joy of exploring towns and cities, delivering shows to new audiences, meeting people and making lifelong friends.

Presented by Dr Jane Miskovic-Wheatley, Sage Psychology.

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