BAPAM’s purpose is to improve health in the performing arts and support enhanced performance excellence through well-being and good practice.
As the largest provider of career-specific healthcare to performers in the UK, we are uniquely positioned to bring together expert clinicians, educators, researchers, artists and creators to deliver innovative training to empower the arts community to improve and maintain health throughout our creative work and learning spaces.
This introductory 2-hour session is designed for performing arts professionals and students and outlines risk factors and key strategies to sustain good mental health and wellbeing throughout a demanding career.
Tutor: Fiona Macbeth MSc Therapeutic Counselling, MBACP(Accred)
Fiona ran the counselling service at a top London Performing Arts college for three years with 650 students.
She also specialises in working with performers in her private practice, which she has run in London and Brighton since 2009. She works with clients referred by BAPAM, Help Musicians, Equity and the Royal College of Music.
She completed her master’s at the University of Greenwich, and is an accredited member of the BACP.
Previously she worked for 27 years at the BBC as a programme maker, trainer and change lead.
Research looking at health issues within the performing arts workforce consistently finds that 70-75% of our population report both mental and physical health problems, which is much higher than the national average. We are lucky to be working with a number of health and wellbeing experts who can offer training to performers across the UK, with the aim of reducing the levels of poor health and supporting performers to have a sustainable career. Working with our partners in Equity, Musicians’ Union, Help Musicians UK and Performing Arts Education Providers – who are very kindly giving us free use of training venues – we are expanding our national training programme supporting healthy performance in the UK.