Our hero offerings include six specialised programs, delivered quarterly. These workshops all seek to educate and promote greater awareness around mental health and wellbeing, psychological safety, diversity, equity and inclusion. 

Additional workshops are currently in development and may be offered as well as or instead of existing offerings.

Educating teams about mental health in music helps to create a work environment where people understand the unique challenges inherent to this industry. It also de-stigmatises open and honest chats about mental health and empowers folks to take better care of themselves and one another.



WELLBEING CHECK-IN

To kick-off our Mentally Healthy Workplaces Program, we offer two unique Workplace Wellbeing Check-In sessions, designed to serve employees and management exclusively.

1.1 EMPLOYEE WELLBEING CHECK-IN

What is it? 90 minute in-person or online live workshop
Who is it for? Staff and team members of music-based organisations
What will we learn? Why working in music can be hard on your mental health, how self care can help and how to give and get support

  • Understand mental health using the spectrum of wellbeing
  • Check out the findings from the Mental Health and Wellbeing in Music and Live Performing Arts survey 2022 and learn more about the unique challenges facing those working in music
  • Identify ways that you can take better care of yourself in the areas of physical health, growth and mastery, connection and community, meaning and purpose
  • Recognise signs that someone might be struggling with mental health issues
  • Learn how to listen and kick off important mental health conversations
  • Understand what supports and resources are available

1.2 MANAGERS WELLBEING CHECK-IN

What is it? 90 minute in-person or online live workshop
Who is it for? Team leaders and managers of music-based organisations
What will we learn? Mental health issues impacting music workers and your workplace obligations to supporting and promoting psychological safety


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MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID

What is it? On-demand eLearning modules + 2 x 2.5 hour workshops
Who is it for? Mental Health Advocates of music-based organisations
What will we learn? How to better recognise, understand and effectively respond to people experiencing common mental health disorders

Mental Health First Aid is a nationally accredited training program that teaches you how to effectively respond to mental health issues, provided in partnership with Makeshift. The workshop educates you in further depth about common mental health issues. It reveals strategies to enable supporters to provide initial help, as well as practical ways to respond in a mental health crisis and seek appropriate professional help. 

First Nations Mental Health First Aid is also available, specifically for First Nations musicians, managers, crew and music workers, and non-Indigenous people working with them.

This workshop is a considerable time investment, so it’s best made available to people in your workplace who are keen to be dedicated advocates of mental health awareness and active supporters of psychological safety and wellbeing. We recommend you nominate a legendary team of Mental Health Advocates – roughly 15-20% of your team/staff who are eager and dedicated to improving their knowledge and skill set about active and ongoing mental health support. 

What you’ll get:

  • Further in-depth knowledge about specific common mental health conditions
  • Strategies to help you provide initial help, using a practical, evidence-based action plan
  • Practical ways to respond in a mental health crisis
  • Ways to support others to seek appropriate professional help
  • E-learning resources and interactive quizzes to test your learning
  • A Mental Health First Aid paperback manual
  • A Certificate of Accreditation, valid for three years


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ACCESS ALL AREAS

What is it? Two hour in-person or online live workshop
Who is it for? All staff of music-based organisations
What will we learn? 
How to actively intervene if you witness sexual harassment, assault or bullying

Access All Areas is a specialised music industry training workshop, designed to educate members of the music workforce how to actively intervene when witnessing sexual harassment, assault, discrimination and bullying. 

These issues are big, complicated and take time to change. We can all play a part, and this training will increase your confidence to know when there is an opportunity for action and the different ways to act. These actions, direct or indirect, all add up to collectively create cultural change.

What you’ll learn:

  • Define the behaviours and focus of change
  • Understand why there is no easy and quick fix, but many actions that add up to make a big difference
  • Explore and define what your individual responsibility might look like

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SUICIDE PREVENTION TRAINING

What is it? 90 minute, on-demand online workshop
Who is it for? Anyone who works in music 
What will we learn? How to recognise suicide risks and do what you can to keep a friend/colleague safe

People who work in music are 4.5 times more likely to contemplate or attempt suicide than the general population*. We’ve partnered with Australia’s leading suicide intervention training organisation, LivingWorks, to provide people who work in music access to free suicide prevention education.

In just 90 minutes, this online program will teach you how to recognise when someone is thinking about suicide and how to connect them to help and support. Follow an evidence based model proven to increase confidence in talking to someone about suicide and connecting them to care.

  • Interactive simulations and scenarios to practice your skills
  • Customised content depending on learner location and needs
  • Lifetime access to resources and refresher training

Given that this workshop tackles the sensitive topic of suicide, it’s best made available to staff at your workplace who are keen to be dedicated advocates of mental health awareness and active supporters of psychological safety and wellbeing. We recommend you nominate a legendary team of Mental Health Advocates – roughly 15-20% of your team/staff who are eager and dedicated to improving their knowledge and skill set about active and ongoing mental health support. 


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VOICES AMPLIFIED

A FIRST NATIONS DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION TRAINING

What is it?  5h online or full day in-person workshop
Who is it for? All staff of music-based organisations
What will we learn? Empower participants to challenge systemic barriers, address unconscious biases, and foster respectful relationships with First Nations communities.

Voices Amplified is a comprehensive and transformative Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) training program specifically designed to elevate the voices and experiences of First Nations peoples. This training is aimed at fostering greater understanding, empathy, cultural competency and cultural intelligence among participants, while also addressing historical and contemporary challenges faced by First Nations communities.

The training sessions are thoughtfully curated and facilitated by experienced trainers who have a deep understanding of the unique issues and perspectives within First Nations communities within the music sector. The program draws upon Indigenous wisdom, traditions, and storytelling techniques to create a rich and immersive learning experience.

❤️ – Introduction
💛 – Cross Cultural Communication
🖤 – Structural & Societal Differences
💚 – Conversations around race, racism, power and privilege
💙 – Putting into Practice

Voices Amplified training in relation to First Nations peoples are essential for creating a more inclusive society that values diversity, respects Indigenous rights and well-being, and works towards reconciliation and social justice.


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LEADING WITH EMPATHY

What is it?  One hour in-person or online live workshop
Who is it for? Team leaders and managers of music-based organisations
What will we learn? The importance of empathy in how we lead and connect with others, and practical strategies to help cultivate it.

In this workshop you’ll explore practical strategies to cultivate empathy, including telling an empathy story, active listening and mindful sharing, and responding with compassion. Through interactive exercises and case studies, team leaders will gain a deeper understanding of how empathy can be a part of creating a supportive work environment that fosters open communication, compassion and curiosity. By the end of the workshop, you will leave with a set of tools to help you lead with empathy and support strong, resilient teams.

  • Understand what empathy is and why it’s important
  • Discover your unique curiosity style and what it’s good for
  • Go on an empathy excursion to further understand and reflect upon the lives of others
  • Pair up and practise active listening and mindful sharing
  • Reflect upon a real-life case study, and learn how compassionate communication and empathetic responses can help

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