Free counselling for the creative industry

On February 15th at 7 pm, Minding Creative Minds (MCM) will hold a free online meet and greet session. This event is open to the entire creative community in Ireland and Irish overseas.
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If you’re a part of the creative industry in Ireland and you’re feeling down during the pandemic (and let’s face it, with the blow this pandemic has dealt to the whole sector, that wouldn’t be surprising), here’s some good news. 

On February 15th at 7 pm, Minding Creative Minds (MCM) will hold a free online meet and greet session. This event is open to the entire creative community in Ireland and Irish overseas. 

The aim of the session is to enable attendees to share their experiences, share advice with each other and have a conversation with their peers. 

People who register will have the opportunity to log their question or an area of interest that they would like to be discussed during the session.

“We want to naturally come to a format which works for everyone, especially the attendees. You. This is your event” the organisators said on the page of the event. “By holding our MCM Meet and Greet Session, Minding Creative Minds wants to help in building resources and facilitate an atmosphere of help and support for all and encourage an open conversation within our community.”

The session will be chaired by Ann Marie Shields, Minding Creative Minds director and Head of Careers, Industry and Events at BIMM Institute.

For more information on the event, click here

This is the second Meet and Greet that MCM is hosting. The first Meet and Greet peer support session started on December 1st. 

Minding Creative Minds is a 24/7 wellbeing support programme launched in June last year and is now open to the entire creative and live events sector delivered by Spectrum life. 

According to the programme website, there has been ‘substantial uptake of users’ during the first six months of the Minding Creative programme. Of those who contacted the service 40% did so seeking mental health consultation, over 26% having either video or telephone counselling and over 34% wanted practical advice (career guidance, financial assistance, legal assistance and life coaching).

It’s not only a mental health support system that’s being offered to everyone in the creative industry; there are a number of additional services meant to help. Among them are legal assistance for a range of issues, financial assistance and consumer advice, and career guidance and life coaching.

The idea of wellbeing supports being provided to the creative sector is not new. It was mentioned in the Report of the Arts and Culture Recovery taskforce where the establishment of such a programme was recommended. 

In December 2020, Catherine Martin T.D., announced funding of €230,000 for the expansion of Minding Creative Minds existing service to the entire Irish creative sector, both home and Irish abroad.

Theatremaker.ie will publish a more in-depth feature on the way this pandemic has affected the mental health of people in the Irish creative industry, and what other resources are available to them, so be sure to stay tuned for it.

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