Bridging the Social Distance: Member-to-Member Outreach
The impact of COVID-19 puts undeniable strain on the Equity community and individual member's mental health.
In light of this, Equity's Mental Health & Wellness Task Force, with the support of Equity's national Council, is launching an initiative to connect one-on-one with members across the country in need of support during this time of isolation. In the coming weeks Councillors and Task Force colleagues will be phoning members across the country to check-in, lend an ear, and connect members to helpful resources.
Our capacity is limited, so we will be prioritizing more senior members. However, any member is welcome to opt-in for a phone check-in. There are no criteria for opting-in beyond a desire to have someone from Council or the Task Force reach out. Follow-up check-ins may be scheduled for the remainder of mandated social isolation.
If you would like to receive a check-in, or know someone who could benefit from a check-in, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact information.
If you are interested in volunteering on this initiative, please get in touch with the Task Force at email@example.com.
Building and Strengthening Resiliency During COVID-19
Special guests and mental health experts Stephanie Kersta MSc RP and Carolyn Plater MSW RSW joined Equity for a valuable information session on building and strengthening resiliency during COVID-19.
Video recording from the meeting, including 30-minute guided meditation and additional resources are available below.
PART 1/2 (Discussion):
PART 2/2 (Meditation):
The 2019 Mental Health and Wellness Survey (Report Available Below)
December 2020: Equity is now happy to share the final report with members.
Council committees are already using the survey data to inform their work in different areas — be they discipline-specific issues or focused on sectoral change. The Equity Mental Health & Wellness Survey Report will continue to underpin action and advocacy to help artists sustain better health in their challenging careers.
The survey closed on December 2, 2019. Thank you to all who helped encourage their colleagues to participate, and to everyone who took the survey - resulting in a 38% response rate.
Equity’s Mental Health & Wellness Survey is taking place from November 11-30 (extended to December 2, 12pm ET), and members will have the opportunity to speak their minds on mental health issues relating to live performance work on and offstage, insurance coverage and more. Your voice is important in this initiative to help Equity establish support strategies for artists to sustain healthy lives in healthy careers. More information is available in the Fall 2019 issue of EQ Magazine and in the Survey FAQ sheet.
All Regular, Extended Visa and Life members of Equity (including members on dues remission), in good standing, have been invited to participate. While participation is not mandatory, Equity members are strongly encouraged to take part. Data gathered through this survey will help Equity establish support strategies for artists to sustain healthy lives in healthy careers. It will also be a powerful tool for insurance planning.
Please note: This Mental Health & Wellness Survey includes questions that may elicit strong emotions, or challenging thoughts or memories. Click here for referrals to resources and support at any time. You can step away from the Mental Health & Wellness Survey at any point if you feel the need, and return to it when you feel ready to continue. You may come back to the Survey as many times as you need.
On November 27, 2018, Matthew Eldridge (MSW, RSW), Clinic Coordinator for the The Al and Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre, was invited to Equity Council to present and moderate an Education Session surrounding Mental Health in the workplace. The session was recorded and edited into five parts which are available for viewing below.
Please note: Equity has shared these video resources for the convenience of members. Information therein is not intended to be a substitute for information provided in a professional counselling situation. Equity has prepared a list of regional support services now available on its website. The services identified in this resource document are provided for member benefit and are not endorsed by Equity.
Part 1/5: Vulnerability of Live Performance Professionals
Part 2/5: The Show Must Go On
Part 3/5: The Importance of Validation
Part 4/5: Opposing Power Through Collective Action
Part 5/5: Ideas for Member Support