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Supporting the mental health and wellbeing of our community

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the mental health and wellbeing of our community has been significantly impacted. Especially so for our creative industries, artists, performers and musicians.

The South Australian Government will provide $250,000 to Support Act to continue to provide a mental health support service to South Australian musicians, managers, crew and music workers.

This will support South Australian music industry professionals to continue to access the Support Act Wellbeing Helpline – a free, confidential phone counselling service that is staffed by psychologists with direct experience of working in music and the arts.

It will also ensure South Australian music workers have access to range of industry specific prevention, education and training programs including; free Mental Health First Aid Training, First Nations Mental Health and Wellbeing workshops, workplace wellbeing check-ins, financial wellbeing workshops, sexual health and safety training, and much more.

Through this funding, Support Act has been working in conjunction with Music SA to develop a range of mental health and wellbeing programs.

Find out more about the full program schedule on Support Act's website.

Support Act’s goal is to create sustainable behavioural and cultural change across the industry in relation to mental health and wellbeing, and we will ensure South Australian music workers are at the forefront of these important initiatives.

Training Program | Access All Areas

Creating a safe and thriving music industry for all

Access All Areas: Creating a safe and thriving Music Industry for all is a music industry training program led by Support Act and developed in partnership with Music Victoria.

It’s designed to educate members of the music workforce how to actively intervene when witness to sexual harassment, sexual assault and bullying.

While these issues are big, complicated and take time to change, we can all play a part and be empowered with the confidence to know when we have an opportunity to take action, that all adds up to collectively creating cultural change.

The online training is 10:30AM -12.30PM (ACST) on Thursday 8 December and free to attend for those based in South Australia who work in music.

Training Program | Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid is free, nationally accredited training for individuals and teams to be able to effectively respond to mental health issues, provided in partnership with Makeshift.

The training will teach you how to recognise common mental health issues, provide initial help using a practical, evidence-based Action Plan, respond in a mental health crisis situation and seek appropriate professional help.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Choose a date that works for you and book your place via the links below
  2. Complete your self-paced online Mental Health First Aid Australia eLearning training (approx 6 hours)
  3. Attend your live online workshop (either two x 2.5 hours, 1 week apart, or one x 5 hour session)
  4. Complete your accreditation assessment (15 multiple choice questions)
  5. Receive your Certificate of Accreditation (valid for 3 years)
  • Monday 21 November 2022 at 10am-3pm (ACST)

Creative Minds - Kaurna /​ Adelaide

Reconnect with creativity and approach making music in new ways through Support Act’s immersive, one-day intensive workshop, exclusively for musicians, artists and creatives in the Australian music industry.

The workshop explores:

  • The myths and perils of creativity related to what it means to “be creative”
  • Goal-setting strategies
  • Values and the importance of “defining your why”
  • How to nurture conditions for creativity
  • Creative tools and techniques to help participants operate in the system of creativity, and explore the four laws of creative success

What Will I Get?

Within the workshop, you’ll get the opportunity to meet and connect with other creatives working in music, and have the space to ask questions and receive support from the facilitator and special guest from the industry.

Creative Minds workshop will run from 10am until 5pm on Tuesday 15 November and is delivered as part of the See it LIVE program.

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