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Arts Centre Melbourne marks World Mental Health Day with Arts Wellbeing Collective launch

Arts Centre Melbourne marks World Mental Health Day with Arts Wellbeing Collective launch
October 11, 2018

Arts Centre Melbourne has announced that it has received funding from WorkSafe Victoria's WorkWell Mental Health Improvement Fund to expand the Arts Wellbeing Collective.

The Arts Wellbeing Collective is an Arts Centre Melbourne initiative that comprises of a consortium of Victorian arts and cultural organisations, including independent companies, small to medium organisations, regional and rural centres, and major institutions, whose shared vision is to effect better mental health and wellbeing for performing arts workers.

The Arts Wellbeing Collective is one of five projects, of varying size and scale, statewide who will share $3.3 million of funding in Round One of WorkSafe Victoria's WorkWell Mental Health Improvement Fund.

The objectives of the Collective are to improve support services for Victorian arts workers; collate and share information; effect industry cultural change and improve support networks within and between arts organisations.

The funding follows on from the Arts Wellbeing Collective Pilot Program which ran during 2017. Working with an innovation partner, PwC, Arts Centre Melbourne has now developed a three-year strategy that aims to build capability and capacity across the performing arts sector year on year.

The strategy - announced to coincide with World Mental Health Day yesterday (10th October) - comprises a three-tier program of workshops, resources and sector initiatives; utilising evidence-based tools and strategies from positive psychology and clinical psychology, organisational development and workplace health and safety research. All program elements are specifically tailored to the unique challenges presented by the creative industries.

Revealing the initiative, Arts Centre Melbourne Chief Executive Claire Spencer advised “we are delighted that WorkSafe Victoria's WorkWell Mental Health Improvement Fund will allow this program to continue and expand. At Arts Centre Melbourne, one of our core values is 'Care More' - creating a safe and secure environment for everybody - and we never want this to be tokenistic.

"The Pilot Program was revealing, exciting, inspiring and overwhelming. It was a privilege to engage with so many industry partners, and we will continue to work closely with the performing arts sector - the more we partner and collaborate, the stronger this program will be," she added.

Access to workshops, resources and much more is free of charge as a member of the Arts Wellbeing Collective and membership is free for all performing arts workers and organisations.

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Images: Arts Wellbeing Collective (top) and Claire Spencer (below, courtesy of Mark Gambino).

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