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Urgent Concerns-Panel Talk: Circus & Well-Being During COVID-19 Pandemic

During this discussion with our panelists, we ask important questions about the impact of the COVID-19 virus on the physical and mental health of circus artists. We do not have all of the answers, but by facilitating an open discussion, we hope to help the circus world to unite and act during a difficult time. The guest panelists are from diverse backgrounds, and regions in mental health:
  • Kate F. Hays Ph.D.,C.Psych., CMPC–The Performing Edge, Toronto, Canada.
  • Dr. Fleur van Rens, Lecturer Sports Psychology, Academic Chair of the Elite Athlete Program, College of Science, Health, Engineering & Education, Murdoch University, Perth, Australia. 
  • Janelle Peters, Circus artist, Therapist LSW, USA. Founder of Cirque_Psych on Instagram
  • Lisa Husseini, CEO of iCadenza and entrepreneur/creative coach, USA.
  • Michael Day, London Variety Organizer, Equity Circus Network Contact–London, England.
Resources mentioned by panelists:

Canada:

Dancers: honor your mental health during the COVID-19 outbreak

Applied Sports Psychology The COVID-19 Pandemic: Tips for Athletes, Coaches, Parents & the Sport Community

CAMH: Mental Health and the COVID-19 Pandemic

United States:

American Psychology Association

NYC Well

COVID-19 & Freelance Artist Resources

Australia:

Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare (ASPAH)

Factsheet regarding COVID-19

For additional resources related to mental health and well-being, visit CircusTalk’s frequently updated article COVID-19 Resources Around the Circus World.

Fiona Bradley
Performer, Writer, Administrator -United States
As an artist, Fiona Bradley hopes to use circus as a platform to discuss social issues, to create inspiration and to fulfill her own need for connection. Her current home is in Chicago. She is the social media and community manager for CircusTalk as well as a founding member of Semi-Circus and ensemble member in Aura Curiatlas. She has received her Certificate IV in Circus Arts from the National Institute of Circus Arts in Australia and continues her education where ever she goes. As well as being a performer, She is interested in circus management. She would like to connect people in the circus world (as well as outside of the circus world) and create an open and empowering community for everyone who is interested! This is one of the reasons she works as the social media and community manager for CircusTalk.
Kim Campbell
Editor-in-Chief at CircusTalk.News, Writer -USA
Kim Campbell is the editor of CircusTalk News. They have written about circus for Spectacle magazine, Circus Now, Circus Promoters and were a resident for Circus Stories, Le Cirque Vu Par with En Piste in 2015 at the Montreal Completement Cirque Festival. They are the former editor of American Circus Educators magazine, as well as a staff writer for the web publication Third Coast Review, where they write about circus, theatre, arts and culture. Kim is a member of the American Theater Critics Association.
In 2019 as editor for CircusTalk News, Kim was on the jury at el Festival Iberoamericano de Circo (FIRCO) and presented the first CircusTalk Critic's Choice Award.

Fiona Bradley

As an artist, Fiona Bradley hopes to use circus as a platform to discuss social issues, to create inspiration and to fulfill her own need for connection. Her current home is in Chicago. She is the social media and community manager for CircusTalk as well as a founding member of Semi-Circus and ensemble member in Aura Curiatlas. She has received her Certificate IV in Circus Arts from the National Institute of Circus Arts in Australia and continues her education where ever she goes. As well as being a performer, She is interested in circus management. She would like to connect people in the circus world (as well as outside of the circus world) and create an open and empowering community for everyone who is interested! This is one of the reasons she works as the social media and community manager for CircusTalk.

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