Mental Health Charter

Posted: 06/06/21

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Derwent Brass are proud to endorse the Mental Health in Brass Bands Charter by 'Mode for'.

It's aimed at bringing individuals and organisations in the global brass band movement together in support of mental health awareness and prioritising protective factors and wellbeing by creating a mentally healthy environment in brass bands and organisations.

Speaking about the initiative, Tabby Kerwin of 'Mode for' commented: "We have developed the charter as part of our advocacy for mental health and wellbeing in brass bands. Together we can create awareness and knowledge, and can develop ways to create protective factors and mentally healthy environments in our bandrooms."

Tabby added: "Anything we can each do to help raise awareness, create emotionally healthy environments and open up conversations all contribute to saving lives and reducing currently increasing global rates of mental health issues and suicide. Brass bands offer a perfect opportunity to help make an impact and support one another by putting in place protective measures which may mean some people will be less likely to need the use of increasingly stretched professional services."

Signing up to the charter is another positive step in continually improving the band's governance and wellbeing performance which is underpinned by a recently introduced 'Positive Mental Health Policy'.

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