Mental Health and Wellbeing Support for Film/TV, Theatre and Music Crews
6ft From the Spotlight is a non profit Community Interest Company (6ft From CIC) set up with the sole aim of improving the mental wellbeing of music and film crew in the UK.
TRAINING - See Book Online
We can provide training for crew to manage mental health on a production.
A) i-act Managing and Promoting positive Mental Health and Wellbeing is a course accredited by The Royal College of Psychiatrists and covers the management of mental health in the workplace.
B) Mental Health First Aid - delivered by Jude Spencer who has Film/TV Production experience
6ft From The Spotlight and Mental Health in film have developed the role of 'Wellbeing Facilitator' which works to improve the mental health on a production by agreeing a mental health policy and conducting risk assessments
The wellbeing facilitator works to help the production meet its legal duty of care to the crew and cast and also supports the crew and cast on the production with day to day stresses and rigours of life.
Training to become a wellbeing facilitator will be available in Autumn 2020
WHY WE ARE NEEDED
The majority of people working in the UK Film/TV, Theatre and music industries are self-employed, often moving from production to production or artist to artist, tour to tour.
The work is long, anti-social hours often away from home with often with little or none of the backing of a corporate structure and support provided in a ‘normal’ work environment.
These arduous and uncertain working conditions can lead to stress and anxiety, substance abuse and other mental health issues.
Sometimes the early signs of mental health issues are overlooked leading to those issues becoming very severe and requiring specialist intervention.
6ft from the spotlight was formed in July 2017 by Stuart Dew, Matt Longley and Tony Ryan in response to 2 colleagues of Matt’s taking their own lives and Stu witnessing the onset of mental illness in one of the artists he supports. The sole aim was to provide support to music and film crew following a recognition that;
Crew can be seen as being dispensable by some.
Mental Health in the creative industries needs to be put on a par with physical wellbeing.
Support needs to be provided from within the close-knit crew community.
Changes are needed in the policies of the companies in the industries to meet their duty of care to all employees regardless of Employment Status