Mental Health advocate Tabby Kerwin will reach out to a global audience this week with a mental health presentation seminar at the Canadian Prairie Music Residency.
It marks another significant landmark in the musician's work at the forefront of metal health advocacy in the brass band movement and the training and certification of Mental Health First Aiders.
The Director of Mode for... told 4BR: "As a mental health advocate and Mental Heath First Aid (MHFA) England Instructor who is passionate about supporting the mental health of brass band musicians, raising awareness of these issues is so important to me.
That's why I've also worked hard to subsidise places for people in brass bands to train as mental health first aiders so they can better support their own musicians."
Tabby told 4BR that the first cohort of 10 musicians has now graduated as mental health first aiders, with the aim of eventually reaching a 1:10 ratio in every brass band (meaning two to three people per band)
She added: "I'll be continuing to encourage more awareness and better mental health through more subsidised MHFA England first aid training to try and reach my goal of two trained mental health first aiders per band in England."
I'll be continuing to encourage more awareness and better mental health through more subsidised MHFA England first aid training to try and reach my goal of two trained mental health first aiders per band in England Tabby Kerwin
The next cohort of trainees will commence their course on 7th September with four, two-hour live online sessions on 7th, 9th, 14th and 16th September.
The investment is usually £300pp but subsidised places are available at £175 for band musicians or if two people from the same band wish to enrol to train, they can do for £300 for both (£150pp).
For more information email Tabby at email@example.com
September will see Tabby present a seminar on mental health in brass bands as part of the Scottish Brass Band Association's continued work.