Register now for free mental health masterclasses

From 6 to 9 April, ScreenSkills ITF is collaborating with the TV Mindset to offer mental health and wellbeing support to freelancers working in screen.

On four consecutive days, a different one-hour masterclass will be hosted from 11am on Zoom. All sessions will have British Sign Language interpreters.

The week kicks off on Monday 6 April with The science of wellbeing – practical tips for freelancers. Dr Hazel Harrison, clinical psychologist, will introduce attendees to some of the latest neuroscience and psychology findings to help them understand more about the small simple steps that can be taken to increase wellbeing and build resilience in these challenging times. Register here.

On Tuesday 7 April, freelancers will be able to tune into How job-sharing can support your mental health. Michelle Reynolds, co-director of Share My Telly Job, will talk about the benefits of job-sharing and how personal circumstances don’t have to exclude you from a job in screen. Register here.

On Wednesday 8 April,  Mental health on the production frontline, will be hosted by Adeel Amini (TV Mindset), Lucy Tallon (Film and TV Charity) and Derek Drennan (The Nest). Participants can join the open forum for a discussion on how the approach to mental health can improve after the Covid-19 crisis. Register here.

On Thursday 9 April, freelancers can participate in Physical and mental resilience in the freelance world, a workshop hosted by Michelle Langer. She will share eight practical techniques that can be used to diffuse anxiety. Register here
NB: due to unforeseen circumstances this session replaces the workshop that would be hosted by Tracy Forsyth​ on Thursday 9 April.

Gilly Cohen, ScreenSkills ITF’s Director of Learning and Development said: “We are happy to collaborate with TV Mindset to offer this suite of mental health and wellbeing masterclasses to freelancers. It is more important than ever that we work together and support each other through these challenging times.”

TV Mindset founder Adeel Amini said: "We're very grateful to be joining hands with ScreenSkills ITF for a week of stimulating talks. There's a lot of uncertainty around at the moment; through our shared resources we're hoping to provide a strong base of support for a freelance workforce who often don't have one and let them know that they're not alone."

For any other mental health and wellbeing support, we encourage freelancers to consult the following pages:

  • ScreenSkills ITF, supported by the TV Skills Fund, offers a range of training and support sessions including Daily Cuppa Sessions with mental health first aid trainer Jude Spencer, spotcoaching, resilience training, yoga and Pilates lessons, and more.
  • The Film and TV Charity offers free confidential advice around the clock. You can contact them on 0800 054 0000 or access their live chat service via their website.     

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