Mental health awareness for HoDs

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Career stages
Early, Experienced, Expert
Unscripted TV, High-end TV
ScreenSkills funded

This workshop was designed by Sarah McCaffrey  who has combined her experience of working in film and media and as a qualified psychotherapist (MBACP) to create Solas Mind; offering mental health advice and support to the industry.

The challenges of social distancing, post Covid-19 anxiety, post-traumatic stress, adapting to new work practices, have had a large impact on mental health.

This session will increase awareness and understanding around mental health, looking at where it comes from and factors that enhance resilience. 

Who it's for

This 1 hour session is aimed at heads of department working in HETV or unscripted tv.

If you work in Unscripted TV and are interested in other training aimed at sharing workplace best practice as well as how you and your teams can stay healthy, happy, and productive at work, check out the ‘Your life at work’ strand.

The majority of the USF online short course offering is for those at early career stage and above. As a result, we generally require applicants to have at least 3 credits (unless working in a traditionally uncredited role). If you strongly feel you would still benefit from the training, please email so we can assess if an exception should be made.

We are committed to ensuring all our courses are accessible to everyone. This course is designed to be as interactive as possible. Please email the above address if you have any access requirements and we will be delighted to help, be that clarifying the form such interaction is likely to take or discussing reasonable adjustments.

What it covers

  • What is mental health and where it comes from
  • Where are we now
  • Factors that influence resilience
  • Spotting the signs someone is struggling
  • Listening, supporting and signposting
  • Creating a supportive working environment
  • Q and A

How to apply

This session will take place online via Zoom. Click ‘apply for ticket’ and follow the instructions to apply for your place: you must login or register before you are able to complete your application.

Places on these free online courses are limited and applications are often highly competitive. To stand the best chance of securing a place, please be sure to consider the following:

  • When asked to list your three most recent credits, please include the programme title and your job role.
  • When asked what you hope to gain from the course, please be concise but ensure you cover the specific elements of the topic you would like to gain knowledge of and what gaps in your skillset you believe the course may address. A rewording of the course title or a general comment on career progression does not tell us much about how this course would benefit you.

If you are no longer able to attend, we ask you to please use the “decline ticket” function on the right hand side of the page so that we can release your place. Our sessions are often oversubscribed, so we’d like to give other freelancers the opportunity to fill available spots. Thank you for your consideration.

This session is supported by the ScreenSkills High-end TV Skills Fund and Unscripted TV Skills Fund.

This course would normally cost participants to attend, but thanks to this support, we are able to offer it to you for free. If you fail to attend, we reserve the right to request reimbursement of costs, unless your place can be taken by someone else.



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