Support Act providing free Mental Health First Aid training
Support Act is now providing free and tailored Mental Health First Aid training to musicians around Australia, at a time of real need and heightened distress for anyone who makes a career out of music.
Support Act CEO, Clive Miller, said that the training is a great way for anyone who works in music to gain the knowledge and skills to better manage their own mental health, and those around them.
“COVID-19 is clearly having a huge impact, and nowhere more so than in the music industry. By providing access to free MHFA training, we believe we can make a major change to the overall mental health and wellbeing of the entire industry. We have been overwhelmed by the interest shown to date, with more than 400 artists and music workers from across the industry registered or having completed the training.”
Participants in this nationally accredited training for individuals and teams learn how to:
- Recognise common mental health issues
- Provide initial help using a practical, evidence-based Action Plan
- Respond in a Mental Health crisis situation
- Seek appropriate professional help
It is available for free (normally $220) thanks to Support Act and the Australian Government through the Office for the Arts.
Testimonial: “I have just completed the Mental Health First Aid course component 1….and it was INCREDIBLE. This is something that should be mandatory in all workplaces, especially in the music industry, and as a bare minimum, with people/team leaders. I am absolutely blown away by what I have learnt and already have applied some of the training for my team and, importantly, myself. Thank you for launching this initiative. It will save lives.”