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Support your mental wellbeing: tools and resources for cultural leaders

Just as the workplace, working practices and the workforce itself is shifting, we have created this page to provide some additional tools and resources to support our cultural leaders, their colleagues and their employees. 

Immediate help with your mental health

  • MIND – If you need help right now        
  • Samaritans – If you need help right now

Sector Support

Arts Council England

  • Supporing your wellbeing – A toolkit to help you understand and look after your wellbeing at work.

Arts Marketing Association

Arts Minds

  • A collaborative project between BAPAM, Equity, The Stage and Spotlight which researches mental health well-being in the arts and cultures sector and aims to increase awareness of the impact mental health in the sector
  • They have a variety of resources to support different needs, sections include: health, finances, career, relationships and supporting others.

Bectu (Union for media and entertainment industries)

Creative Freedom

  • Mental health first aid training for the cultural sector
  • Deliver whole-organisation training as well as training days for individuals
  • Have a manifesto for mental health in the arts, cultural and creative sectors


  • Is the UK trade union for creative practitioners.
  • Resources to help you look after your mental and physical well-being, especially with issues affecting creative workers and women in the performing and creative industries. 

Industry Minds

  • A UK based mental health charity that supports creatives in the arts industry
  • Run mental health training and seminars for arts organisations
  • Produce an award-winning podcast with discussed mental health in the arts at all levels

Music Support

  • Provides help and support for those who work in UK music and live events affected by mental ill-health and/or addiction.

The Musicians Union

  • A wealth of advice to help musicians to look after their mental health and well-being.

Society of London Theatre

  • Supports the sector through research and analysis with resources, guidance and best practice.

Theatre Support

  • Theatre Support is a centralised hub of information for anyone working in the theatre industry about how and where you can access sector-specific help and services.

Wellbeing in the Arts

  • An organisation which provides counselling and well-being support for people working in the arts
  • Provides training for employers
  • They hold monthly, online, free and confidential sessions for anyone working in the arts to speak with a counsellor
  • They also provide freelance mental health support for stage and film productions

Further Resouces

Calm App

Every Mind Matters

  • An NHS resource that provides simple tips and advice to start taking better care of your mental health. If you are still struggling after several weeks and it is affecting your daily life, please contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111.

Headspace App

Mental Health Tips for Arts Workers: an article from Shape Arts 

We are continually looking to improve this page. If you have ideas, links, articles or examples of good practice that we can include, please email: [email protected]

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