Creating better mental health in the performing arts

How do mental health professionals change their approach when working with artists? In a recent panel discussion, psychologists looked at key mental health issues in the performing arts.

‘We have this attitude to our work which is that it’s our passion, it’s our love and it’s a part of our identity,’ Sydney-based theatre director, writer and producer Richard Carroll told a group of mental health professionals. Carroll continued that this ‘glorious’ aspect of working in the performing arts is also a source of conflict. Carroll added, ‘People can struggle to expect to be compensated properly for what they are doing, to be treated properly.’

The challenges of mental health were raised by Carroll and others speaking at an online event hosted by the Australian Psychological Society’s Performing Arts & Entertainment Industry Interest Group, where experts in mental health met with those with lived experience of the arts sector.

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Trisnasari Fraser
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Trisnasari is a psychologist with an interest in the wellbeing and fulfilment of artists, performers, creatives and all those who follow their passions. As well as assisting clients manage challenges of working in creative industries and life in general, she is also completing a PhD. She blogs and has a podcast at