At Miranda Musical Society we have always cared for the members of our community theatre family and this care extends to the care of our mental and emotional health. To this end, we have established this Mental Wellbeing page on our web site to enable and empower anyone to understand they are not alone and to have access the full options of help available.
Please make use of anything you see here that may provide assistance to anyone in crisis.
Everybody goes through tough times in their lives, but sometimes that suffering can reach a point that feels unbearable. Sometimes that distress may even take hold in the form of a mental illness.
While the entertainment industry can bring a great deal of joy to people, recent research has shown that participants can experience particular stressors and challenges that can affect their mental health.
When someone is mentally and emotionally distressed, they can often feel alone and without hope… and sometimes forget to notice and turn to the help that is all around them.
Assistance for those experiencing mental and emotional distress is readily available, with services to help overcome both immediate crises and longer term mental health issues.
Lifeline - Phone 13 11 14 for free telephone crisis support, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Beyond Blue - Phone 1300 224636 for free help from a trained mental health professional, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467 for free counselling, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Of course, during busy periods, your call may not be answered straight away… please be patient and call back if necessary. Or use online Chat (check out the web sites for links and available times).
Entertainment Assist is an organisation whose mission is to enhance mental health and wellbeing in the Australian entertainment industry. Their website has a comprehensive list of services, resources and other information to help individuals suffering from mental and emotional distress. If you or someone you care about is distressed, please… visit their site and check out their information about help that is available.
Finally, if you need face to face support from a trained mental health care professional, your general medical practitioner can refer you under the Medicare “Better Access to Mental Health” initiative for affordable care. Discuss your issues with your doctor and tell them you’d like help.