A student at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts in the UK is researching mental health issues among performing artists. She’s been having trouble finding statistics and other factual information – just as I did when I began my research into bullying in the arts. I’ve made some suggestions and I really hope that they help her with her work – it’s an important subject area that she’s chosen to investigate, which she said was ‘close to her heart’.
Because of the lack of available information, Alex (not her real name) is focusing specifically on stage fright and performance anxiety – so it would be wonderful if the performers among you who have something to share could please get in touch. Positive and negative experiences will be welcomed; confidentiality will be respected; and I’m quite happy to pass on personal stories without revealing anyone’s identity – use a pseudonym if you like.