Healthy Practice Series
Keeping mentally well
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.
The session focuses on evidence-based practical skills and draws from research findings, performance psychology, and proven clinical pathways.
Participants will learn skills for optimal practice including how to identify signs of performance and arts-career related mental health problems, how to manage problems including keeping mentally well during the pandemic, performance anxiety, promoting good health, and where to find help.
Tutor: Katerina Georgiou
Katerina is a counsellor and psychotherapist seeing clients in a GP surgery and private practice. She’s also worked previously as a life coach and a specialist mental health mentor supporting students in universities across London.
Alongside therapy, she’s a freelance writer and sub-editor for magazines and national press. She is attuned to the issues that creative and journalistic professions can bring up. Katerina has previously worked for Samaritans during the Men on The Ropes research campaign on male suicide – she has a great deal of empathy and knowledge in this area. She was also a Samaritans helpline listener for four years, supporting people with thoughts of suicide.
Katerina routinely combines her counselling and journalistic work raising awareness of mental health in the national press, media, radio and podcasts. She created and hosts her own music & mental health podcast called Sound Affects, exploring mental health in the music industry.
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.