One Dance UK and the National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science are working in partnership with psychologists at the University of Chichester and Minding the Gap to carry out a research project across the whole of the dance sector to establish an evidence base about the mental wellbeing and mental health needs of dance students and professionals.
I am writing to ask if you may consider being involved. You are likely aware of both the importance of mental wellbeing and psychological skills as well as the psychological challenges faced by dance students and professionals. Awareness of the prevalence and implications of mental wellbeing and challenges within the dance sector is growing. Unfortunately, the evidence is currently extremely limited, which means that things like funding for increased support, education, and policy development are difficult to justify. This research follows on from the Fit to Dance research carried out by Dance UK previously and builds on this research by including validated measures in both wellbeing and mental health concerns. We need to establish what concerns dancers are facing right now to mobilise resources and support to help them.
I’d like to ask if you may be willing to participate in the survey or share it with your contacts in the sector (only those over 18) and to consider sharing your support of the survey on your social media. Your support is vital in helping us understand the mental health strengths and needs of the sector.
The survey takes roughly 20 minutes and is completely anonymous. We are happy to support anyone who may be filling in the survey with any questions they may have, including onward support and education.
Full details of the survey can be found here: https://tiny.cc/dancementalhealth