At the ICMT we know that our student’s physical health and mental health are equally important and symbiotic. Maintaining a conscious awareness of both physical and mental fitness is paramount to ensuring a happy lifestyle, effective training, and a successful career.
In recent years, there has been an enormous step forward regarding increased awareness of personal wellbeing and acknowledging the impact of maintaining good health, particularly mental health in musical theatre training. The ICMT follows a rigorous set of guidelines and commitments established through institutional experiences, industry expectations, medical guidance, and external consultation. Through this, we ensure we meet our student’s needs and deliver in their preparation for the demands and pressures found within the professional industry. These commitments and guidelines are regularly reviewed and adapted to ensure that care for the physical and mental wellbeing of everyone is at the forefront of life at the ICMT.
Physical accident or injury can happen all too easily within performing arts training, whilst 1 in 3 students can be susceptible to experiencing mental health issues. Statistically, the 18–25-year-old age category is more likely to experience mental health issues than other age groups, with 34% of higher education students reporting psychological difficulties for which they needed professional help. Also, the prevalence of mental health problems is considerably higher in the performing arts community, with findings recognised and explored by the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine.
We are passionate about safe practice and committed to a stigma-free, open environment that encourages everyone to talk openly about health and well-being without fear of judgement and discrimination.
The ICMT is committed to delivering:
Regular check-ins that address:
We pledge to:
The ICMT will draw upon external professionals in situations that require specialised care and assistance beyond what it can offer. This includes links with physiotherapists, chiropractors, vocal doctors, leading vocal coaches and vocal therapists, life coaches, counsellors, and support foundations to ensure that adequate support can be received.
At the ICMT we know that our dedicated faculty are just as important as our students and are an integral part of the family, forming the backbone of our college. Ensuring our staff’s physical and mental health is in good order is not only decent human practice and the right thing to do, but it also ensures that all classes are delivered to the high standards we hold ourselves to – and that all students come to expect.
The ICMT is committed to delivering to our staff:
The ICMT has a zero-tolerance approach to the abuse of any declaration regarding physical or mental health conditions. We will always conduct a comprehensive investigation promptly when such a situation arises, as it reflects our commitment to promote physical and mental well-being.
We are mindful that we are all living through an unprecedented event in our lifetimes and recognise the need to be patient and adaptive as we work together to rebuild our lives and plan for careers that may seem more uncertain than before. Musical theatre training is amongst the most demanding and challenging of vocational studies. When training on an intensive course, it is all too easy to overlook the signs that we physically or mentally may need a break or require attention, and whilst it can be easier said than done, it is always possible to make time for our wellbeing and give our mind and body the care it deserves.
Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. The enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being without distinction of race, religion, political belief, economic or social condition.
World Health Organisation.
From all at the ICMT.
 Dig-in. The Insight Network. Student Mental Health Survey 2018. Published March 2019.
 Van den Eynde J, 2016. Working in the Australian Entertainment Industry. Victoria University, Melbourne.
www.bapam.org.uk. Supporting Mental Health in the Performing Arts. 2020.