The last 18 months have been a trying time for everyone’s mental health. But how have dancers been uniquely affected? A group of artists whose lives and identities are notoriously tied up in training and career—what happened when the theatres went dark and the studios fell silent?
Through interviews with a range of dancers, host Emma Lister explores mental health during the pandemic— taking in depression, PTSD, body image issues, substance abuse…and some surprising positive effects too!
Vanessa Vince Pang
with Kristen McGarrity, BSc (Hons) Psychology
Has the Covid-19 pandemic affected your mental health negatively? (you can tick multiple)
Anxiety | 73.65%
Depression | 51.26%
Insomnia | 31.77%
Loneliness | 51.26%
Boredom | 50.9%
Fear | 44.04%
Anger | 35.38%
Obsessive behaviour | 19.13%
Alcohol/substance abuse | 13.36%
Stress | 64.98%
PTSD | 6.86%
Suicidal Thoughts | 9.75%
No it hasn't affected me negatively | 4.69%
Has the Covid-19 pandemic affected your mental health positively? (you can tick multiple)
Time to reflect | 67.03%
Time to rest | 63.41%
Time to heal (physically or mentally) | 46.38%
Spend more time with loved ones | 52.54%
Reconnected with people | 28.62%
No, there have been no positives | 5.43%
In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is at 800-273-8255 or chat for support
Other international helplines can be found at www.befrienders.org
Cooley, C.H. (1902) Human Nature and the Social Order, New York, Scribner.
Hollway, W. (2012) Social Psychology Matter, The Open University, Milton Keynes, Chapter 5: Self, pp. 123 - 124.