Arts Centre Melbourne launches 24/7 Wellbeing Helpline for performing arts practitioners

Today it was announced that the Arts Centre Melbourne’s Arts Wellbeing Collective, in partnership with Support Act, are launching a 24/7 phone hotline for those who work in the performing arts.

The Support Act Wellbeing Helpline is a free and confidential phone service particularly targeted at those who many not have access to professional support in their part of the industry, such as independent theatre makers or those working in smaller organisations.

Arts Centre Melbourne Chief Executive Claire Spencer says she is absolutely thrilled that this vital service will be made available to those who work in the performing arts industry.

“This much needed helpline is staffed by qualified clinicians who have an understanding of the performing arts sector,” says Arts Centre Melbourne Chief Executive Claire Spencer. “We recognise that our community faces particular challenges and stresses from the unique nature of our work, which can include being curtain ready under pressure and the demands of touring and its effect on mental health and wellbeing when away from routine, family and friends.”

“Whether a person is in production, performance, or arts management, a life working in the performing arts can be challenging and at times stressful. The Support Act Wellbeing Helpline will offer a free and confidential phone service to any person who would not ordinarily be able to access this type of service – particularly those who work in our thriving independent and small to medium sector. We’re immensely grateful to our partners, Support Act and WorkSafe Victoria through the WorkWell program, for making this available to the wider performing arts community.”

The Support Act Wellbeing Helpline can be accessed 24/7 on 1800 959 500 within Australia. For more information about The Arts Wellbeing Collective, please visit

Gabi Bergman

Gabi Bergman is a Melbourne-based performer and educator, and is the current Deputy Editor-in-Chief of She holds a Double Arts degree in Theatre Studies and Film/Screen Studies and a Master of Teaching (Secondary Education). Gabi has always been an avid lover of theatre, specifically musicals, and spends way too much money than she’d like to admit on tickets. Her most prized possession is her crate of theatre programs.

Gabi Bergman

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