New program will help build mentally healthy arts workplaces

A new training program run by The Arts Wellbeing Collective will educate performing arts workers about making positive changes to their and their team’s mental well-being.
A group of arts workers sit around a conference table, intently focused on a speaker whose back is towards the camera.

Recognising the unique challenges and stressors facing the arts sector, Arts Centre Melbourne’s Arts Wellbeing Collective has launched a new training program, developed by the industry for the industry, to create mentally healthy workplaces and widespread systemic change.

Supported by the Ron and Margaret Dobell Foundation, the program is open to both individuals and organisations, and includes new full-day, half-day and two-hour in-person and online workshops.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts