Mental Health Training for First Nations Music Workers Now Available Through the Support Act

Support Act has announced its Mental Health First Aid training program for First Nations.

The new initiative is aimed at First Nations musicians, managers, crews and music workers, as well as non-Indigenous people working with them, according to the music charity.

Held in conjunction with Makeshift, the new nationally accredited training for individuals and teams teaches people how to recognize and respond to mental health issues.

The free online workshops will take place on April 13 and May 11 during work hours and will be hosted by mental health advocate and former professional athlete, Deon Bird.

Support Act also announced their upcoming Yarning Strong mental health webinar for First Nations people working in music. It will feature iconic singer-songwriter Uncle Archie Roach as a panelist, alongside life coach and wellness facilitator Yolanda Finette and host Mitch Tambo.

Pictured: Mitch Tambo joined Support Act as Culture and Inclusion Ambassador in November

Held April 28, Yarning Strong – Finding Your Identity In Music will address the challenges of navigating the industry while addressing the impacts of the Stolen Generation, and how First Nations people can overcome these challenges from a health perspective. mental.

Support Act community engagement and social worker Cerisa Grant said maintaining positive mental health is more important than ever after two difficult years.

“We are thrilled to have such great programs and events coming up this year to support our First Nations music community,” Grant added.

For more information and to register for both events, visit the Support Act website.

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