In this session we will review the effect that the current pandemic has had on mental health within our Industry, introduce the newly formed AAPTLE Well-being Group and what they are doing moving forwards and also share preliminary data of the Backstage Industry Mental Health Evaluation including graphics and statistics.

We will also talk about provision and ideas around well-being in the work place where we will open up to questions from the attendees also.
What is the Backstage Industry Mental Health Evaluation?

In 2019 you told us your views in our first UK backstage mental health evaluation. A lot has happened since then, and we want to take the time to check in on you all and learn more about the effects of the pandemic on your well-being. Please take the time to participate in our follow up survey evaluation so we can learn more.

The aim is to take all of the information we learn and start to work on guidance and advise for our industry on mental health and well-being as our industry starts to reopen.

Please share this survey far and wide, and encourage as many people as you know to join in. The more voices and opinions we hear, the more we can encourage positive change towards mental health backstage. Promoting a culture of change towards well-being, one where we can be more open and honest, and feel safe and heard.

You can take part in this essential survey here!

Seminar recording:

ABTT Seminar: Mental Health, Well-being and Resilience in the Backstage Entertainment Industry

ABTT Mental Health Seminar Chat


Seminar Resources:

AAPTLE:The Alliance of Associations and Professionals in Theatre & Live Events includes representatives who work in all aspects of the theatrical and events community including more than two hundred thousand creative and production practitioners.

Email for the AAPTLE wellbeing group:

Complete the active backstage mental health evaluation survey – Please share and take part

UK Technical Backstage Entertainment Industry Mental Health Evaluation 2019 by Dr Paul Hanna

Article: Blackout Undertakes Pioneering Mental Health Research at PLASA 2019

Blackout Immersive Website

Fuse Arts for more info on Blackout and other mental health based installations.


Wellbeing at work links:

Working from home advice:

Mental Health First Aid England as part of the “my whole self” campaign

Paper resource link

Support at work links

–  offers support for people with mental health problems in the work place.

Able Futures offers support for people with mental health problems in the work place. It can help you manage your mental health at work so you can enjoy more good days.

“We could give you nine months advice and guidance from a mental health specialist who can help you learn coping mechanisms, build resilience, access therapy or work with your employer to make adjustments to help your mental health at work.

Call Able Futures free on 0800 321 3137 from 8am to 10.30pm, Monday to Friday to find out more about our online mental health support. ”

Richmond Fellowship is a national mental health charity. We’ve been working with individuals, families and communities to make recovery reality for over 60 years.

“More importantly, our services work hand-in-hand with people we support to give them the confidence and self belief that they have an important contribution to make in society.

By working closely with the people we support, we’ve developed a range of services that can make a positive difference to their lives.Since 1959, we’ve provided support to thousands of people across the country to help them manage the day to day impacts of living with mental ill health.

We offer a range of services across England including supported housing, community, crisis houses, residential homes, employment support and social enterprises.We have a simple mission, approach and set of values that guide us in everything we do”

Relevant Organisations:

Time for Change Mental Health Charter

The Samaritans offers centralised information about how and where you can access support if you work in the theatre industry.  is a free, independent and confidential phone and email service that provides support to people working in the theatre industry. Trained staff are available to offer support and signposting on any topic which affects your wellbeing.

The Theatrical Guild: are a UK charity for backstage and front of house workers, with over 125 years’ experience helping people.

You can talk to them about practical help at any stage of your career – from welfare and debt advice to financial support and counseling. The Theatrical Guild helps people across the UK to recover from ill health, overcome sudden set-backs, expand their skillsets, or speak with a counsellor. Every application is handled in total confidence and we will never speak to your employer about your circumstances.

BackUp – The Technican Entertainment Charity: provides financial support to entertainment technology industry professionals who are seriously ill or injured or to their surviving family members.

BAPAM – The British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM) is a unique charity set up to help anyone working in live performance to stay healthy.
In addition, the ISM Members Fund may be able to meet the costs of necessary treatment for members unable to cover these themselves.

BAPAM hosts free online one-to-one advice sessions on Health and Wellbeing: they holds free clinics where practitioners can obtain a free consultation with a clinician who has expertise appropriate to those who work in the performing arts.These are currently being done via telephone. To book an appointment call 0207 804 844

UK NAWC (National Arts Wellbeing Collective) is made up of individuals and organisations who are committed to improve health and well being of people working with or for us in the arts, cultural and heritage employment sectors of the UK. They are a fantastic resource where you can find guidance and information about health and well-being, services, charities and organisations that can assist you.


Mental Health Resources:

Working from home – Creative ways to support mental health

UK Gov Guidance on mental health which you may want to share with your workforce

Home working ergonomics & Wellbeing – with the extended lockdown, promoting the health & safety of your workers is vital. IOSH have created guidance to explain how we can help develop a positive mindset when working remotely

WhiteLight’s Kindness Spotlight: Looking After Your Mental Health – a few practical tips to ensure that we all continue to look after our wellbeing on a regular basis and that caring for our mental health remains a constant priority.