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13th June 2019 Jemma Green

10 Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know About Mental-Health — starting the conversation about wellbeing in the arts

Mental Health / Wellbeing

What is it about?

Talking about mental health can be difficult. If you’ve ever been concerned about the wellbeing of someone but haven’t spoken to them for fear of saying the wrong thing, you’ll know this. It’s a common fear – but one that could get in the way of someone finding help.

Creative Freedom hosts an interactive, myth-busting conversation about creating mentally healthy arts organisations and how supporting the well-being of those around you can contribute to your own mental health.We’ll be exploring how a focus on wellbeing provides an environment in which everyone can thrive.

What will I gain?

— Pointers to help you start the conversation about mental health and wellbeing inside and outside your workplace

— A greater understanding of how thinking positively about wellbeing can make a difference to work

— You’ll start thinking about mental health in new ways

Who is it for?

We all have mental health – so our session is for anyone with an interest in exploring this topic and its context in the arts – regardless of job role.

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Colin Beesting & Chris Lewis | Founders | Creative Freedom

Colin and Chris founded Creative Freedom after recognising the need for a more open conversation about mental health in the cultural and creative sectors.   

Colin has worked in arts organisations for many years, was formerly a director at Arts Council England and headed up marketing at the BFI. He now also works in the NHS, overseeing communications, engagement and change management programmes.  Chris is a choral singer,  performer, coach and advocate.  She also brings the unique insight built through working as a Detective Inspector in the police force! Together they are mental health advocates and trainers. 

This session is sponsored by Creative Freedom

Creative Freedom is one of the only organisations in the UK offering mental health and well-being training and support, targeted specifically at the creative and cultural sectors, led by those with direct experience of working in the sector.   Our work gives organisations the skills and knowledge to make a practical difference.   We deliver whole-organisation training as well as training days where individuals can join a small group of peers to learn together. 


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