Kerwin launches new mental health course

You can now find out more about good mental health and wellbeing with a 3 part downloadable video course from Tabby Kerwin.

Mode for
  The three part course has been developed by Tabby Kerwin

In her continued work to advocate for better mental health awareness and support in the brass band movement, writer, conversationalist and mental health trainer Tabby Kerwin has launched a new course which could help musicians in brass bands help support themselves and others.

Own speed

The new Mode for… Mental Health Awareness Course (MAC) is a downloadable three-module video course which anyone can follow at their own speed in the security of their own surroundings.

Tabby told 4BR: "I know there are so many people that want to understand more about mental health and be more aware to help and support themselves, friends, families and banding colleagues.

However, they don't have either the confidence, time or access to courses, so I wanted to create something valuable and important that could be done safely and in a flexible way."

Three modules

Tabby explained that the course is divided into three modules and looks at a range of areas including what is mental health, managing stress, rejecting stigma, talking and listening and issues surrounding recovery.

The aim is to deliver the modules in a safe and sensitive way to help people, as she says, to become mental health 'savvy'.

It's knowledge that I believe everyone should have. I think the lockdown has made more people aware of the importance of supporting better mental healthTabby Kerwin

Own home

She continued: "It's knowledge that I believe everyone should have. I think the lockdown has made more people aware of the importance of supporting better mental health.

It's a perfect time for everyone in banding to gain a better understanding and awareness and this course is an ideal way to do.

It's information that's easy to understand and that can be absorbed in the comfort of your own home, in your own time to enable us all to take responsibility and develop our knowledge and understanding."

More information

More information on the course can be found at: www.modefor.co.uk/mac

During the recent Mental Health Awareness Week, Tabby launched her latest book 'The Three Taboos: Cancer, Grief and Mental Health' due for publication on 4th July 2020 and a new podcast of the same name, available on all listening platforms.

For more info go to: www.modefor.co.uk

Become a supporter and help make our future secure.

4barsrest continues to be a proudly independent voice. There are no paywalls to overcome to be able to enjoy what we do to keep our journalism at the heart of the brass banding world. Support us with a one-off donation or subscribe from just £2.50 per month.

Support us    


Lovatt to lead virtual powerhouse performances in Harrogate

July 2 • Harrogate International Festivals announce major line-up of powerhouse talent — led by Mike Lovatt and global musicians on the world premiere of David Lancaster's 'Eclipse'


Musicwearetc getting ready for banding's return

July 2 • When we get back to banding Musicwearetc will be on hand to ensure that they play their part in giving everyone a boost.


Bronte museum hopes to reopen with sound of brass

July 2 • Cornet player Bethan Plant plays outside the famous Parsonage in Haworth — home to the literary Bronte family


Classic test-pieces revisited No 4: Victorian Snapshots — On Ratcliff Highway

July 1 • The the fourth of our series, Prof Steven Allen takes an in-depth look at one of the major crossover works to the banding movement that came from the Salvation Army composer Ray Steadman-Allen.

Black Dyke Band - Cory - Brass on Sunday Gala Concert

Sunday 13 September • Symphony Hall, Broad Street, B12EA

Black Dyke Band - Swiss Nationals Gala Concert

Saturday 19 September • KKL, Europaplatz 1, 6005 Luzern, Switzerland 6000

Contest: Lower Section National Finals

Saturday 26 September • The Centaur, Cheltenham Racecourse.. GL50 4SH

Contest: Lower Section National Finals

Sunday 27 September • The Centaur, Cheltenham Racecourse. GL50 4SH

Contest: scaba Own Choice Test & Hymn tune

Sunday 27 September • The Hawth in Crawley, West Sussex RH10 6YZ

Amesbury Town Band

June 30 • Players and beginners of any standard are always warmly welcomed especially some more solo cornets and a spare percussionists to help out existing players. Feel free to drop in even if you just fancy a blow or want to try another instrument. After covid!

Lofthouse Brass Band

June 30 • Lofthouse Brass Band is looking for a Solo Trombone who is interested in being a part of our award-winning ensemble! We are looking to not only fill vacancies but to also continue to build for our future!

Chinnor Silver

June 29 • We are looking for a SOLO HORN due to work commitments.. Rehearsals are on a wednesday evenings . we have been able to start rehearsing in small groups [DISTANCING) in the bandroom garden so if you fancy coming along to see what we are about contact us

Alan Fernie

Arranger, composer, adjudicator, conductor


 © 2020 4barsrest.com Ltd