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Demand for Changes According to the answers of the survey respondents, currently only 1.5% of the bands the respondents are in membership of have a mental health provision.

Changes to the general outlook on mental health are required to make issues more widely accepted, but based on the findings of this survey alone, the evidence presents a good case for changes to thinking and implementing provision for better knowledge, support and understanding of mental health specifically in the brass band movement. “I have had differing extremes of anxiety & depression for many years. Lack of self-confidence means I will never sit in the front row or contemplate a solo performance ever after a bad experience I can recall from my teenage years playing in a youth band attached to my local education authority. Although suffering from mild anxiety on contest days over the years and occasional performance anxiety, up until recently playing has usually been a source of stress relief. However, leading up to taking part in the National Finals last year and a catastrophic collection of other events in my personal life meant I stopped playing for 3 months whilst starting therapy to sort myself out. Now returned to playing and had some fab support from my band family, although we have now qualified for Cheltenham again! So have 6 months to learn to cope with that one again! I have given a lot of thought to the need for more mental health provision in the brass band movement & feel that regional areas could go towards helping provide workshops for managing nerves or even having an area at contests just for being able to go and sit for a while & maybe chill away from the crowds & bands and overall bustle of contest day� 26

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