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Isolation Self-Care

Our team members are regularly finding support and assistance available for our mental health and well-being from various sources. Scroll down for links to advice, inspiration, useful articles and important support contacts.
Be sure to keep an eye on this page as we come across and share more. 

Headspace Covid-19 

Headspace is a mindfulness App that helps more people to experience the benefits of meditation anytime, anywhere, with guided meditations, animations, articles and videos. 
– The App is free to download (more resources for paid-for accounts), and Headspace have created a further free area of the App called Weathering the Storm. It includes meditations, sleep and movement exercises to help you out however you’re feeling. 

Headspace Website

Support from Equity

– In February, Equity launched a groundbreaking support system for members dealing with mental health problems.
– This includes a new dedicated 24/7 mental health helpline, an individual assessment and up to six professional counselling sessions funded by the union available across the UK.
24/7 Equity mental health and well-being helpline: 0800 917 6470

Support from Young Minds

– Young Minds has support and resources for young people dealing the current situation.
– The page linked below includes tips for looking after yourself during isolation.
– This page also links through to a section on Coronavirus and Mental Health where you can search for advice by what you’re feeling.

Young people’s self-care tips for self-isolation

Support from Arts Minds

Arts Minds lets you find links to support and blogs with practical information on how to overcome certain difficult situations that arise as an arts professional
– Although there is currently no CV-19 specific page, they have many resources that may help with ways that many arts professionals may be feeling at this time

Arts Minds Website

Inspiration with Window Wanderland

– The Window Wanderland website and social media platforms have plenty of inspiration for a rainy day (or any other!).
– Create beautiful window displays that tell a story or hold a message of support, maybe an inspirational quote or just a hello!
– These activities stretch your creative muscles and enable you to reach out to your neighbours from your inside your homes, whilst spreading pride, friendship, positivity, happiness and goodwill.
– We love the idea of this activity as this is a great way to engage with neighbours who don’t have access to the online world.

Window Wanderland Website

Inspiration Here

Circus Facebook Communities

Youth Circus Coronavirus Support

Circus Works Social

Circus Development Network

UK Theatre Industry CV-19 Support

Supportive Reading

Members of the Upswing team have found the below articles particularly useful and engaging during this time. The current situation is affecting different people in different ways, so we have pulled together articles here that address varying issues, in the hopes that they will be a supportive voice to some of you.

"Article: How to cope with living alone in self-isolation, BBC News".    "Article: The Coronavirus Can Teach US The Need to Reconnect, The Wisdom Collecter" 

"Article, Uncertainty Is A Hard Feeling To Sit With. Here's How To Lighten The Load, Huff Post"    "Article: That discomfort you're feeling is grief, Harvard Business Review"  


Theatre Helpline
Call 0800 915 4617

NHS’ list of Mental Health Helplines


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