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Actors Charlie Stemp and Jodie Jacobs to open up about mental health struggles in new initiative

Charlie Stemp. Photo: Pamela Raith
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Performers Charlie Stemp and Jodie Jacobs will talk about their mental health struggles as part of a new initiative that aims to offer support to people in the entertainment industry.

Applause for Thought is to provide access to free and low-cost mental health support, alongside talks and workshops.

The first free event being run under the Applause for Thought banner will take place at the Other Palace on February 3, during which a psychotherapist will explain common issues for actors and how mental health can be improved. Jacobs and Stemp will also talk at the event, alongside actors Vanessa Fisher and Joe Tracini, about their own experiences with mental health issues.

Jacobs has previously spoken about her own issues with mental health.

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Applause for Thought has been created by Raffaella Covino, who told The Stage she wanted it to be about “education and prevention”.

She said: “With mental health terms being thrown around and often being misused, coupled with a generational movement in self help and well-being, real mental health issues are either ignored, missed or not cared for in the best way. I want to provide physical, tangible help where people can learn about specific branches of mental health issues and then have access to qualified therapists.”

The aim is to mount monthly events, which will always include a therapist or industry professionals, and Q&As.

The next one is going to be a money management workshop, where people can learn more about taxes “without the jargon” and how to save efficiently in an industry that has “unstable financial situations”.

Future workshops will cover topics such as bereavement, low self-esteem, abuse and addiction.

Applause for Thought is one a number of new initiatives set up to help people with mental health issues in the entertainment sector, including moves by the Royal Opera House to do more to tackle mental health.

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