Note: This project ran in 2018 and is now archived. What is it? TLSU have secured £9,700 of funding from The National Lottery through ‘Awards For All’ to launch a pilot project to support the health and wellbeing of student performers at Trinity Laban Conservatoire. It will be run by practitioners Nick Bottini and Robin Lockhart. The project aims to help 15 students have an easier relationship with performance through achieving a simpler relationship with their own headspace. Students from every faculty and any year are welcome to apply to join the project. It will involve an initial taster day, three day-long workshops as well as two smaller group sessions and individual support and coaching. To take part and get you thinking about this project, you can fill in the initial survey here → When it is? Launch Event/Taster Day • 26th April • 9.30am – 1.30pm • @ KCC Bar Downstairs • To get clear on the structure and outcomes for the project. Make sure we hear students’ challenges and goals. Enter into an initial dialogue. Immersion Days • 14th & 15th • 10am – 4pm • @ South Street Baptist Church — • 16th May • @ Studio 6, Laban Building To take part in the project you must be able to attend all these dates.
As a part of World Mental Health Awareness Day on Tuesday the 10th of October there will be listening posts set up at KCC and Laban for Students and Staff – look out for them. They don’t talk, try to provide a solution or give advice, they don’t try and fix – they just listen and give the talker their full presence. They are here to reduce the stigma around mental health and get the world listening to each other! Our esteemed President Luke and VP of Dance Lydia will also be offering free massages in Butlers Bar & Laban Cafe for a donation to the charity ‘Mind’. Find out more about the World Mental Heath Day initiative at time-to-change.org.uk and mind.org.uk. We’ve put together some interesting articles related to the mental health of musicians and dancers:
- Dance Magazine article ‘Why are we still so bad at addressing dancers mental health’ Link →
- Help Musicians UK Mental Health Information Link →
- British Association for Performing Arts Medicine Link →
- Mental Health Foundation PDF on ‘Fundamental Facts about mental health 2016’ Link →
- Mind Charity page for World Mental Health Day Link →