Promoting Positive Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Circus Arts

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Promoting Positive Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Circus Arts

Working in circus can be thrilling, energising and full of moments of joy and excitement. It can also be challenging, competitive and even demoralising. Working in the gig economy is difficult to navigate at the best of times, let alone with the impact of COVID-19. Even before the infamous events of 2020, the entertainment industry was experiencing its own collective crisis. In 2015, Entertainment Assist and Victoria University published research drawn from workers’ experiences from across the sector. It uncovered startling statistics. Of the entertainment industry workers surveyed,       15.2% experienced symptoms of moderate to severe depression, and ...
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The Arts Wellbeing Collective

The Arts Wellbeing Collective is an Arts Centre Melbourne initiative that promotes positive mental health in the Australian performing arts industry. The Arts Wellbeing Collective is by industry, for industry and seeks positive systemic, cultural change. Since the Pilot Program in 2017, the Arts Wellbeing Collective has grown rapidly to be a comprehensive, sector-wide initiative – the only one of its kind anywhere in the world. For more information, visit