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BAPAM Healthy Performance Northern Ireland - Keeping mentally well

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BAPAM Healthy Performance Training Series

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Keeping mentally well: managing performance anxiety

BAPAM’s purpose is to improve health in the performing arts and support enhanced performance excellence through wellbeing and good practice.

As the largest provider of career-specific healthcare to performers in the UK, we are uniquely positioned to bring together expert clinicians, educators, researchers, artists and creators to deliver innovative training to empower the arts community to improve and maintain health throughout our creative work and learning spaces.

This introductory 2-hour session is designed for performing arts professionals and students and outlines risk factors and key strategies to sustain good mental health and wellbeing throughout a demanding career.

The session focuses on evidence-based practical skills and draws from research findings, performance psychology, and proven clinical pathways.

Participants will learn skills for optimal performance practice including pre and post-performance techniques, how to identify signs of performance and arts-career related mental health problems, how to manage problems including performance anxiety, promoting good health, and where to find help.

Tutor: Dr Pippa Wheble, a GP with a Masters in Performing Arts Medicine, will be leading this course.

She works as an assessing clinician for BAPAM (The British Association for Performing Arts Medicine) and is part of the BAPAM Trainer Network.

She specialises in the physical, vocal and mental health issues for performing artists and teaches conscious breathing for improved mental health and well-being.

She is also a violinist and singer based in Edinburgh. She is experienced with performance anxiety and burnout and is passionate about promoting health and well-being for musicians and healthcare professionals.

Research looking at health issues within the performing arts workforce consistently finds that 70-75% of our population report both mental and physical health problems, which is much higher than the national average. We are lucky to be working with a number of health and wellbeing experts who can offer training to performers across the UK, with the aim of reducing the levels of poor health and supporting performers to have a sustainable career. Working with our partners in Equity, Musicians’ Union, Help Musicians UK and Performing Arts Education Providers - who are very kindly giving us free use of training venues - we are expanding our national training programme supporting healthy performance in the UK.

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