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I was in crisis and Support Act were there for me

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My name is Geraldine and I’m a singer – songwriter. I decided to reach out to Support Act after a colleague who knew I was in dire straits suggested I apply.

A bad prior experience with a psychologist meant that I avoided seeking help after a significant loss in my family. When another family member fell ill, the grief compounded and I became aware that I would need psychological help or I would not be able to continue working or functioning. I felt like I had to punch walls 24 hours a day or I would completely unravel. I didn’t see how I could afford to get the support I needed.

The whole Support Act team has been incredibly helpful and responsive throughout my process, even when I asked the same questions over and over, which became much more frequent as my circumstances deteriorated. It was a huge comfort to feel as if I was actively being listened to and that there was a practical understanding of the challenges facing arts workers when a crisis complicates and/or derails life.

After assessing my application, Support Act helped pay for my psychological support sessions and provided some grocery vouchers. 

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I have been able to continue to work, regularly engaging with the appropriate support for my psychological wellbeing.

None of us know when we are going to be hit by a crisis, or how/whether we will be able to respond. To know that Support Act is there as an option for people who work in the music industry is a great comfort. When I was in a stronger financial position, I donated to them myself, never thinking that I would need the service one day.

Donating to Support Act, even the most modest amount you can afford, helps music workers who often go above and beyond for their colleagues and the projects in which they are involved, but who too often are not captured by social welfare safety nets when things go wrong.

If you can, please donate now. Your generosity can make a tangible difference in the lives of those who bring so much joy to others, yet often struggle in silence.

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Thank you so much.

Geraldine Quinn

Mick Pacholli

Mick created TAGG - The Alternative Gig Guide in 1979 with Helmut Katterl, the world's first real Street Magazine. He had been involved with his fathers publishing business, Toorak Times and associated publications since 1972.  Mick was also involved in Melbourne's music scene for a number of years opening venues, discovering and managing bands and providing information and support for the industry. Mick has also created a number of local festivals and is involved in not for profit and supporting local charities.        

Mick Pacholli
Mick Pachollihttps://www.tagg.com.au
Mick created TAGG - The Alternative Gig Guide in 1979 with Helmut Katterl, the world's first real Street Magazine. He had been involved with his fathers publishing business, Toorak Times and associated publications since 1972.  Mick was also involved in Melbourne's music scene for a number of years opening venues, discovering and managing bands and providing information and support for the industry. Mick has also created a number of local festivals and is involved in not for profit and supporting local charities.        
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