Support Act has announced the launch of On My Mind, a free online workshop series exploring the ins and outs of mental health and wellbeing for musicians, crew and other workers in the Australian music industry.

Kicking off the monthly series on 9 July, the first instalment, Don’t believe everything you think, will educate participants in how to spot and manage unhelpful thought patterns and restrictive beliefs.

Led by provisional psychologist, researcher and former full-time musician, Ash King, each On My Mind workshop delivers evidence-based information and practical wellbeing strategies to participants. On My Mind joins a roster of mental health and wellbeing initiatives, including the successful Support Act Wellbeing Helpline, to help address disproportionate levels of mental illness and wellbeing issues in the music and arts industries.

Support Act CEO, Clive Miller, said it’s more important than ever to deliver real tools specific to the experience of those in the music industry.

“Before COVID-19 we knew that musicians were five times more likely to suffer from depression and ten times more likely to show symptoms of anxiety than the general population. Now, in the wake of the devastating impact of COVID-19 on the industry, it’s more important than ever to have tangible tactics to address mental health and wellbeing issues and help build resilience,” he said.

Don’t believe everything you think starts at 3pm on Thursday 9 July and runs for 90 minutes. Workshops will be delivered via Zoom and places are limited.

You can register HERE and join the FACEBOOK event to engage in the conversation.
On My Mind is presented by Support Act and delivered with support from the Australian Government through the Office for the Arts.