The Royal Theatrical Fund, an Acting for Others member charity, have funded 25 places for beneficiaries of the Fleabag Support Fund to attend an online Adult or Youth Mental Health Awareness Course with Applause for Thought.
The RTF recognises the importance of mental health awareness in the industry particularly as theatre workers return to work, and this course will provide attendees with the tools to recognise someone experiencing a mental health issue or emotional distress in the workplace and provide appropriate support.
Robert Lindsay, President of The Royal Theatrical Fund today said, “As theatres begin to reopen following such a distressing and difficult year for so many across our industry, we recognise more than ever how important it is to prioritise the mental health of all theatre workers. By funding places on this wonderful course from Applause for Thought, we hope beneficiaries can learn the necessary tools to help look after their own mental wellbeing and create a more welcoming and safe industry for all.”
The course will take place on Tuesday 25th May 1pm-5pm, with qualified MHFA instructor Kate Baum. The course raises awareness of mental health, and covers:
- What mental health is and how to challenge the stigma.
- A basic knowledge of some common mental health issues.
- An introduction to looking after your own mental health and maintaining wellbeing.
- Building the confidence to support someone in distress or who may be experiencing a mental health issue.
The Royal Theatrical Fund provides support to all those that have worked professionally in the entertainment industry, the list is endless and includes onstage, backstage, front of house and includes commercial musical theatre dancers, comedians, cabaret artistes, directors, producers and many more. The Fund dispenses more than money; applicants’ needs vary and may not just be financial. Those living alone may welcome a friendly telephone call a chance to talk and perhaps to unburden their anxieties. A simple telephone call can help to relieve a sense of isolation in these unprecedented times. The Fund also assists with benefit and welfare advice.