Industry Mental Health Training
These training projects were made possible through the support of the Minister for the Arts, through Arts Tasmania.
Theatre North supplied the Earl Arts Centre free-of-charge as venue for the Launceston session.
Developed with the intention to address ongoing issues in the industry, as well as the compounding stresses of a global pandemic, Performing Lines Tas conceived, organised and rolled out, two stages of Mental Health Training in 2020.
STAGE ONE – OZHELP TASMANIA SESSIONS
OzHelp Tasmania, Lifeline Tasmania’s provider for Community Education and Training Programs, was engaged by Performing Lines Tas to deliver two face-to-face training sessions:
- Hobart, 1 September 2020, 9.30am – 1.00pm
- Launceston, 3 September 2020, 1.00pm – 4.30pm
The sessions focused on the role of the workplace in providing a supportive environment in which to promote mental health and wellbeing. The sessions introduced basic notions around mental health in the workplace.
STAGE TWO – SAGE CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY ZOOM SESSIONS
Sage Clinical Psychology is located in the Blue Mountains. One of the chief partners in the practice is Dr Jane Miskovic-Wheatley. Dr Miskovic is a private clinical psychologist registered with the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). She holds a Doctor of Clinical Psychology/Master of Science from the University of Sydney.
Jane also holds a Graduate Diploma of Dramatic Art (Directing/Movement) from the National Institute of Dramatic Art, and is a member of the Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare. She currently provides touring wellness programs for CDP Theatre Producers and Bell Shakespeare, is a consultant for NSW Arts on Tour and the VIC Arts Wellbeing Collective.
Performing Lines Tas engaged Dr Miskovic to conduct three x two-hour zoom sessions, focused on mental health wellbeing within the performing arts sector. The workshop aimed to bring the increase knowledge and empathy and reduce stigma. The workshop focussed on mental health within the arts sector, risk factors, prevention and support strategies, and how to access treatment if needed.