This year has been another challenging one for people who live and work in aged care and it is more important than ever that we ‘care for the carers’ and look after their mental health.

That is why Royal Freemasons’ Benevolent Institution (RFB) and The Australian Aged Care Collaboration are delighted to announce that the Mental Moments Show is back!

The 2021 Mental Moments Show is a free livestream event that will bring together aged care workers, residents, clients and their families from across Australia to celebrate the amazing work aged care workers do, enjoy great Aussie entertainment and make time for us all to focus on our mental health.

Hosted by Max Markson of Markson Sparks, the livestreamed one-hour show will run every Friday at 2.00pm (AEST) throughout October.

In between the live shows there will be shorter segments featuring mental health experts providing tips and tools on how you can maintain good mental health. These will be aired at 2.00pm daily (AEST) and available to watch on-demand whenever you like.

CEO of RFBI, Frank Price, said the Mental Moments Show is an important initiative that recognises the valuable service aged care workers provide.

“Last year we launched RFBI’s Mental Moments Show to start the conversation on the importance of mental health in aged care and show our staff how much we value and appreciate the work they do,” Mr Price said.

“Hosted by Max Markson and featuring a range of great entertainment, including a live cross to each of our Villages, the show was a huge hit and we are excited to be able to partner with our peak bodies this year so that aged care workers across Australia can get involved.”

In August, RFBI’s Mental Moments Show won the HESTA Excellence Award for Outstanding Organisation (Aged Care) and HESTA has also come on board as a sponsor of the 2021 Mental Moments Show.

Aged & Community Services Australia (ACSA) CEO Paul Sadler said Mental Moments was needed across the nation.

“Lockdowns and the pandemic have been hard on everyone, but it’s no secret that older aged care residents have suffered more isolation and anxiety than most of us and aged care staff have been under intense, ongoing pressure during this crisis,” said Paul Sadler.

“The Mental Moments event is an opportunity for us to bring together aged care residents, their families, staff and providers for meaningful connection and practical advice on maintaining good mental health, and where help is available if people are struggling.

“This is an important conversation that can help change lives.”

Leading Age Services Australian (LASA) CEO Sean Rooney said support for carers was crucial.

“It will bring the whole sector together to show our appreciation and thanks for our great aged care workforce and continue the conversation on the importance of mental health in aged care,” said Mr Rooney.

“Aged care workers have faced a lot since the beginning of 2020 and now as part of the frontline health response of the pandemic, they are under so much pressure. Yet they continue caring and going above and beyond. Mental Moments is our way of caring for the carers.”

We are also looking for residential aged care workers, residents, home care clients and families to be part of the show. If you would like to be interviewed by Max Markson and be part of one of our Friday Live Shows please send an email to marketing@rfbi.com.au telling us a little about yourself and why you would like to be on the show. Or you can share a video message – perhaps thanking the aged care workers who make a difference in your life or the life of a loved one.

You can sign up to receive updates about the show and mental health resources via the Mental Moments website: www.mentalmoments.com.au where you’ll also find information about the show.

Media contacts:

RFBI – Alana Parker 0406 151 929

ACSA – Jane Garcia 0455 111 593

LASA – Nick Way or Kate Hannon 08 6311 7809 (24 hours)