Launched in February 2019 by actress Raffaella Covino, Applause for thought is a triple award-winning Community Interest Company that facilitates free and lower-cost mental health support, talks, consultancy and accredited mental health training to all those working in the arts and entertainment industry.

Welcome!

FROM OUR FOUNDER

Hello. I wanted to take a moment to engage with you reading this human to human. Landing on a page of information and support can sometimes feel like the light at the end of a potentially long, dark tunnel. But it can also feel overwhelming and daunting. All those thoughts and feelings are valid. So, if you’ve landed here and are reading this right now, I appreciate you.

Applause for thought is a community that has grown and evolved from a thought baby I had in September 2018 that was birthed from my lived experience as an Actress who also has a dual mental health disorder diagnosis. We understand that each individual is indeed that…individual. We firmly believe there is no right or wrong way to feel, there is no one way to get help and support, there isn’t just one correct form of therapy and that real change within the arts community in relation to mental health can only come if we work together proactively. Our Mental Health is forever changing and being tested or conversely nurtured at different points in our life, just like our physical health.

This is why our aim is to facilitate as many accessible opportunities as possible for people to be able to develop their own, unique skills and coping mechanisms as they navigate our weird and wonderful industry that can often present us with challenging and unstable situations. We cannot eliminate trauma from our lives, but we can empower ourselves, with the help of the right support, to be able to get through to the other side as safely and healthily as possible.

Raffaella Covino

Founder

Kate Baum

Instructor

Laura White

Collaborator

Our mantra is ‘Education Equals Prevention’, as we believe that if we can empower people with the right knowledge and tools and make this information and support more accessible and affordable, we can not only help break the mental health stigma – but also help prevent more serious mental health concerns from developing and contribute to making the arts a healthier and more inclusive industry to be a part of.

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