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Video Published: 24 Jun 2021

Taking Care: Mental Health Care for Creators and Artists

Licensed mental health professionals join opera industry professionals to provide insights, tools, and resources for artists and creators to prioritize mental health during the pandemic and beyond.

A large proportion of opera artists are currently under- or unemployed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many have worked to create their own opportunities, taking on the burden of being both a company and a collaborator by themselves. Still others are without work, trying to balance pursuing a career with other obligations to their families and communities. How can artists retain their sense of identity when unable to practice their profession? What are the best ways to cope with the additional burdens during this period? Will having a creative outlet beyond existing professional skills revive a sense of purpose?


Beth Clayton, MA, CMHC (practitioner)
Jessica Jahn (moderator)