Awards ceremony launched to celebrate those raising profile of mental health in the arts
An awards ceremony has been launched to recognise work that promotes better mental health in the industry.
Mental health podcast Industry Minds is behind the awards, which will take place on September 15 in London’s West End. The event will then run annually.
Categories in the Industry Minds Awards will include a recognition award, a performer award and a creative award, which all celebrate individuals who are raising the profile of mental health in the arts.
Other categories include an award for a training institution that has shown progression in mental health awareness as well as a commercial enterprise award and volunteer of the year accolade.
There will an establishment of the year award, recognising an arts establishment that has worked to better mental health and well-being, as well as a public choice award, celebrating any business, organisation, charity or person who has supported mental health in the arts.
Nominations for the awards are open to the public and the public choice award will be based on counted votes.
All other categories will be judged by a panel of industry experts, who will come up with a shortlist from the nominations. Final details of the award judges and presenters are to be announced next month.
Co-founder of Industry Minds Scarlett Maltman said: “We wanted to put something in place to celebrate and recognise the work created that betters mental health and well-being in the arts.
“I believe the award ceremony will highlight and create awareness of those people who are all striving for better mental health in the arts.”
Co-founder Cathy Read said: “We are so excited to be launching the Industry Minds Awards a year on from launching the podcast.
“Over the past year we have seen a huge increase in those talking about and doing something about mental health. Alongside our podcast sponsor, we wanted to give those in our industry a chance to acknowledge the people and organisations that are striving to make and implement much needed change, bettering mental health for all.”
The awards follow a new counselling service set up by Industry Minds, which aims to make therapy accessible to anyone in the arts by offering free Skype and telephone sessions.
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