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Mental health support for Edinburgh Fringe performers

08 August 2019

Performers at the Edinburgh Fringe will be offered drop-in sessions to help improve their mental health and wellbeing.

A team of mental health professionals, including clinical psychologists, art therapists, nurse therapists and psychologists in training, will offer taster sessions to demonstrate the kinds of therapies which are available.

The mental health workers will be drawn from NHS Lothian and the British Psychological Society’s Scotland Branch.

Beth Hannah, Chair of BPS Scotland, says:

“The Edinburgh Fringe is a great event which takes over the city for a month, but there is a pressure on performers to sell tickets and get up on stage every day.

Our team of applied psychologists and other therapists will be on hand to show performers some simple techniques which can help them to look after themselves and their mental health during the Fringe and beyond.”

The wellbeing sessions will be offered in two-hour long sessions at Fringe Central in Appleton Tower on two dates:

  • Friday 9th August 1-3pm
  • Friday 16th August 1-3pm

They will cover mindfulness, relaxation, cognitive strategies, art therapy, self-soothing and relating to others.

Dr Alana Davis from DCP Scotland was interviewed about this initative on BBC Scotland's evening Reporting Scotland programme on Friday 16 August.


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