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The Next Step Following the publication of this report, the next step is to open the dialogue about mental health in brass bands and continue the awkward conversations which have never, until now, been broached. I propose to undertake more research and questioning with a focus on particular case studies from brass band musicians from youth to championship level to gain further knowledge and understanding. This will be undertaken so a range of solutions can be explored which could then be implemented for the benefit of individuals, organisations and the brass band movement as a whole and I will start the dialogue with a variety of organisations and individuals within the brass band movement in the UK to encourage implementing solutions. This model can then be rolled out across England, the UK and global wide brass band movement, whilst monitoring its progress and effect. I will invite contributions from other individuals keen to promote better mental health in the brass band movement and experts in performance anxiety. Training and personal development in mental health will allow for all contributors to the research and implemented solutions to offer the best support and information for brass musicians. As Director of Mode for‌ I am a certified Mental Health First Aider and also run workshops and sessions on performance, anxiety, mental wellbeing and mindfulness. In 2019 and 2020 I will be proposing a range of workshops focussing on mental health and wellbeing for musicians, mental health first aid in brass bands and performance anxiety in association with brass band membership organisations and contest controllers. Mental health awareness workshops and training to be a mental health champion or first aider should be available to members of every band at a reasonable, if not subsidised cost. Mode for‌Publishing will publish a series of brochures which are accessible to everyone in the brass band movement, helping to promote better mental health in the brass band movement with information, support and further reading and practical options for individuals and bands to implement solutions for better mental health and wellbeing and support in their organisations. By making these first steps, I hope we can support individual brass musicians, decrease the levels of mental health issues caused directly by brass bands and allow what is a competitive and volatile genre to become a supportive and therapeutic environment for its membership, with an emphasis on the positive powers of music and a desire to help the brass band movement flourish. 31

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