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Resources

The Show Must Go On Resources

Wellness and industry support flyer

If the content of this film and / or conversations has triggered something for you or otherwise impacted your mental health, please seek support. Click for a downloadable pdf.

If you are in need of immediate support please contact one of these help lines

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Lifeline: 13 11 14

Lifeline is a national charity providing all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.

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Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636

All calls and chats are one-on-one with a trained mental health professional, and completely confidential. Although we may ask for your first name and some general details, you can let us know if you’d like to remain anonymous.

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Support Act Wellbeing Helpline: 1800 959 500

A sector-wide Wellbeing Helpline, staffed by clinicians with an understanding of the unique challenges of the performing arts industry. The Support Act Wellbeing Helpline is a free, confidential service, available 24/7 to anyone who works in the performing arts or music industry, and doesn’t have already have access to an Employment Assistance Program with an employer.

Your local GP to access a Mental Health Plan

You can also contact Arts and Entertainment Support Organisations.

While we cannot endorse any service in particular, here is a list of non profit organisations offering support.

Actors Benevolent Fund of NSW

Through compassionate and confidential support, they help entertainment professionals throughout NSW maintain their health, dignity and ability to work.

Actors & Entertainers Benevolent Fund (QLD)

The Actors’ & Entertainers’ Benevolent Fund (Qld) Inc. has been in existence in Queensland for over forty years and during that time has been able to assist hundreds of performers who for one reason or another have fallen on hard times and needed a helping hand.

Arts Wellbeing Collective 

To effect better mental health and wellbeing for performing arts workers. Practical resources, workshops and sector initiatives focusing on promoting positive mental health in the performing arts.

Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare (ASPAH) 

Free access to a growing series of interviews with various healthcare professionals to help artists and crew identify what kind of medical support would best suit them, a free directory service for healthcare professionals and a range of tip sheets to support artists.

AusDance

Providing free access to resources on safe dance.

Entertainment Assist

Entertainment Assist is dedicated to raising awareness about mental health in the Australian entertainment industry by commissioning research, for workplace and educational transformation and identifying support pathways for those in distress.

Equity Foundation

The mission of the Equity Foundation is to enhance the lives of Australian and New Zealand actors by investing in programs which help them in their professional endeavours and the communities in which they live. 

Live Performance Australia

Live Performance Australia is the peak body for Australia’s live performance industry. Our role is to protect and promote the interests of our Members.

Performing Arts WA

The Guild was established to provide confidential support to our colleagues in the live performing arts industry at all stages of their careers. We are able to provide financial assistance to past and present members of the industry in a number of circumstances.

Roadies for Roadies

The aim of Roady4Roadies is to bring public awareness to the diverse range of highly technical and creative skills required to make our dreams to come true, and raise desperately needed funds to help those in crisis.

Support Act 

Support Act is a charity, unique in Australia, helping artists and music workers who are facing hardship due to illness, injury or some other crisis that impacts on their ability to work in music.

Victorian Actors Benevolent Trust

The VABT is a not-for-profit charity run by a committee of members who work within and outside of the entertainment industry. They generously give of their time to raise funds and provide financial assistance to those who call on the VABT in their time of need.