Workers in the performing arts across the state are reeling from the immediate and devastating impact of event cancellations and venue closures due to COVID-19.
From independent artists and small companies through to large organisations like Arts Centre Melbourne, everyone is affected. Our own temporary closure has affected the lives of hundreds of artists, technical production, box office, front of house, production and associated support staff, who depend on a vibrant and fully functioning Arts Centre Melbourne.
The Arts Wellbeing Collective is a mental health program specifically tailored for the performing arts. It is the only program of its kind anywhere in the world.
Your donation is needed to help increase access to the Support Act Wellbeing Helpline - a 24/7 phone counselling service available to anyone who works in the performing arts.
The Arts Wellbeing Collective began in 2017, as a response to startling statistics released by Entertainment Assist and Victoria University, which revealed a sector in distress. Of the thousands of entertainment industry workers surveyed:
- 15.2% experienced symptoms of moderate to severe depression (five times higher than the general population)
- 44% experienced symptoms of moderate to severe anxiety (ten times higher than the general population)
- Nearly 1 in 10 had attempted suicide
In light of the unprecedented closures and cancellations as a result of COVID-19, now, more than ever, the performing arts industry needs help.
Your support is crucial, and your donation will help continue our vital work.