Mental Health First Aid Bursaries

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FREE MHFA training for freelancers

Music Support is pleased to offer certain industry freelancers the opportunity to apply for a bursary to become a Mental Health First Aider for FREE thanks to funding from our partners Backup Tech, Stagehand and The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust.

We are working together to support the welfare of our peers and move closer towards a place where there is at least one MHFA trained individual on any tour or at any event.

To be eligible for the bursary you must be self-employed, working full time in a freelance capacity (ideally for a minimum of five years) as crew/production personnel (which could range from Rigging and Catering to Production Assistant and Tour Manager and everything in between) in a touring role (having worked on at least one tour) or as a music creator or representative (e.g. musician, composer, songwriter, lyricist or artist manager). You must also work in the UK music and live events industries.

IF you do not meet this criteria but would like to become a Mental Health First Aider with Music Support, it is available at a cost of £300 per delegate. Please visit this page for further details and contact learning@musicsupport.org if you have any questions.

Available Dates (further upon request)

(please note you must attend all four sessions to complete the training)

July 8th - 17th 2024

Live Session 1Monday 8th July 10am – 2pm
Live Session 2Wednesday 10th July 10am – 2pm
Live Session 3Monday 15th July 10am – 2pm
Live Session 4Wednesday 17th July 10am – 2pm

July 16th - 24th 2024

Live Session 1Tuesday 16th July 10am – 2pm
Live Session 2Wednesday 17th July 10am – 2pm
Live Session 3Tuesday 23rd July 10am – 2pm
Live Session 4Wednesday 24th July 10am – 2pm

July 30th - August 7th 2024

Live Session 1Tuesday 30th July 10am – 2pm
Live Session 2Wednesday 31th July 10am – 2pm
Live Session 3Tuesday 6th August 10am – 2pm
Live Session 4Wednesday 7th August  10am – 2pm

July 10th - 18th 2024

Live Session 1 Wednesday 10th July 12.30pm – 4.30pm
Live Session 2 Thursday 11th July 12.30pm – 4.30pm
Live Session 3 Wednesday 17th July 12.30pm – 4.30pm
Live Session 4 Thursday 18th July 12.30pm – 4.30pm

July 24th - 1st August 2024

Live Session 1 Wednesday 24th July 1pm – 5pm
Live Session 2 Thursday 25th July 1pm – 5pm
Live Session 3 Wednesday 31st July 1pm – 5pm
Live Session 4 Thursday 1st August 1pm – 5pm

August 7th - 15th 2024

Live Session 1Wednesday 7th August  1pm – 5pm
Live Session 2Thursday 8th August  1pm – 5pm
Live Session 3Wednesday 14th August 1pm-5pm
Live Session 4Thursday 15th August 1pm – 5pm

Please complete the following application form to apply for the bursary:

MHFA Bursary Form 2023















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If you have any questions, please contact learning@musicsupport.org 

Find out more about Music Support’s Mental Health First Aid course here.

Read testimonials from those who have become MHFAiders with Music Support here. 

Thank you to our partners:

The UK’s registered technical entertainment charity that provides financial & wellbeing support to technical industry professionals. Visit their website. 

A charitable fund supporting organisations and initiatives that provide benefit to society in the UK. Find out more.

The PSA Welfare and Benevolent fund established as a charitable trust in 1998. They help live production crew to survive in times of hardship. Find out more.