ABOUT US

Who Are We?

 

FOUNDERS

Tony Ryan

 

Tony is a mental wellbeing and healthcare professional currently working in the NHS as Associate Director of Healthy Young Minds. Tony has over 20 years’ experience in mental health services and is a qualified Psychiatric Nurse. Prior to working in the health service Tony worked on the coal face within the prison service. Tony is qualified to train mental wellbeing first aiders.

 

Stuart Dew

 

Stuart is currently stage manager for Nothing But Thieves but has also worked with Enter Shikari, Fun Loving Criminals among other artists. Stuart is a versatile crew member and is an experienced guitar and electronics tech as well as a Tour Manager often employing crew to support the artists that he works with. Stuart is also an accomplished musician in his own right.

 

Matt Longley

 

Matt is an accredited i-act instructor and can train HOD's and crew to Manage and Promote Positive Mental health and Wellbeing. He is an experienced commercial professional and chartered Chemical Engineer who has experience across many industry sectors. Matt worked in equipment hire for many years supplying both film productions and music events across UK. He has worked on some of the largest film productions including Harry Potter, Batman: The Dark Knight Rises and War Horse. He currently provides consultancy to several businesses at Pinewood Studios in addition to his day job. Matt is a keen amateur home musician who enjoys live music of all genres.

Matt is also a trustee of the Men's Health Forum that aims to support underprivileged men and boys with their health. 

https://www.menshealthforum.org.uk/

DIRECTORS

Leo (Anna) Thomas

Leo is an experienced member of the art department who currently works as a Standby Art Director. She  has developed the role of Wellbeing Facilitator on set. This role is being trialled across several productions to help provide safe space and a trained Mental Health First Aider for cast and crew to talk with about the stresses of onset life and signpost where further help is needed.

Leo coined #mentalhealthinfilm and serves on several BECTU committees 

Michelle White

 

Michelle holds an MSc in Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology (MAPPCP) and is passionate about enabling individuals and organisations to develop the meaningful, resilient and healthy approaches which underpin positive and sustainable working environments.
 

With over 15 years’ experience of leading teams within the film events and exhibition sector Michelle sits on the BAFTA/BFI committee for implementing anti-bullying principles within the screen industries and is an invited Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts for her work in the film industry. Her clients include BAFTA, BFI, BECTU, Google,Teach First, Neo Leaders and Insead Business School.

 

She is Co-Founder of LIVEWISE, a positive psychology consultancy and is an accredited Strengths Coaching Practitioner and affiliate member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the BPS Special Group in Coaching Psychology.

Laura-Duthie Coupar

Laura-Duthie Coupar is a fully qualified, experienced Suicide Interventionist and Mental Health First Aider, with Sexual Health and Heart Start Training.

 

Graduate of University of Dundee MA Hons History and Philosophy.

 

Former First Aider, Lifeguard / Sports Industry, Guider with Girl Guiding UK, Teaching Assistant / Parental Involvement working in Education from 3 – 18 age ranges. Assisted with the passing of Parental Involvement Bill to Act of 2006. Co-wrote Anti Bullying and Acceptable Behavioural Policies.


Presently working for Cambridge University, Cambridge Assessment, Specialised Administrator. Frequently work in Amateur Dramatics on and
off stage and have been privileged to work with professionals during shows / workshops. Assisted Paul Young and his band along with La
Voix at Woofstock 2019, assisting in the Green Room.

 

Laura founded Props MH to assist theatre crew and cast with their mental health.

Props Mental Health was established in December 2018 as an online Facilitating / Networking Group for Professional Creatives in the Arts and Entertainment Industry.


As of June 2020, Props MH was registered as Trade Name 6ft From CIC


Our Aims and goals are to offer services and to creatives seeking advice with Health and Wellbeing including career connections while providing emergency contacts and suicide intervention. In the future we hope to be able to provide Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training and Mental Health First Aid Courses.

 

Our goal is to have at least 2 cast members and theatre staff in every theatre in the UK trained in Mental Health First Aid and Suicide Intervention.
We would also like to be able to operate a face to face 24-hour Hub on the West End for emergency contacts, Networking and Facilitating. Be able to offer funded counselling services and provide onsite specialist remedial massages and treatments for dancers. Also, through the Hub be able to work with Drama and Music Schools creating or assisting established Student Services facilities for general Health and Wellbeing.

 

Jude Spencer

 

Jude is an internationally accredited Mental Health First Aid Trainer, Resilience Trainer and Consultant working for clients such as National Film and TV School, screenskills and PACT to help improve mental health awareness in the industry and empower individuals and companies to support their own and each other's mental health better. 

With over a decade's worth of experience in the Film and TV industry, working for Broadcasters such as BBC as well as independent production companies, Jude understands the unique challenges and pressures that can come when working in the film and TV industry. Jude tailors  her courses to address these specific challenges, making them relevant and bespoke to the companies and individuals she is training. In response to the Covid-19 crisis Jude has set up The Daily Cuppa, an online group where people in the industry can connect and share personal challenges, as well as offering support to each other.

Outside of work Jude is a qualified Samaritans listener, with over 7 years experience supporting others in distress.  In her time as a volunteer she has supported individuals on the phone, via email, via text message and face to face. She has also been involved in recruiting, training and mentoring new volunteers, sharing her knowledge and experiences.

Camise Oldfield

Camise is an award winning Graphic Designer with a raft of high profile credits to her name. SHe sits on the Equality and Diversity committee for BECTU.

Hana Tadafe-Swinscoe

Hana is our Financial Director. At least someone is good with numbers but is also a counsellor!

I have spent many years listening to people, their secrets, their hopes, their desires and what has always struck me is the difficulty some people encounter talking about their fears, their anxieties and how that plays out in their reality.


I began my own search for self a couple of decades ago and I’ve met all types of people, all have helped in one way or other… at least that’s how I’m choosing to reflect on it! All my experiences mean something to me.


I decided to move into the therapy space by embarking on a psychodynamic counselling course and where that takes me……well here’s to those new experiences.


My background is numbers, I love numbers as they make sense to me, they tell stories if we’re willing to hear.


So from a numbers game to the therapy space…perfect trajectory as I’ve been listening to aspects of peoples’ stories for years and now I hopefully can assist with the element of their stories that hold some anxiety and fear.

TRAINERS

 

Karen Woodman

Karen has worked in TV for almost 10 years – after previous experience in various other industries, including as a PA and a primary school teacher. She worked as a Production Manager on Gogglebox, Naked Attraction, Wedding Day Winners and Stand Up To Cancer and also as a Producer on Gogglebox – before taking a break to focus on her long-standing interest in the areas of mental health & wellbeing.

 

She was a listening volunteer at Samaritans for around 7 years and helped to run trainings there – she now works as an online instructor with i-act, as well as helping to facilitate courses for the charity Action for Happiness and volunteering with Cruse Bereavement Care.

 

Following the recent report from The Film & TV Charity into mental health issues in the industry, she’s now combining her knowledge of the TV world with her mental health training – in order to hopefully help people take positive steps towards the overall aim of making the industry somewhere that’s not only creatively and commercially successful, but also a happy & healthy place to work for everyone.

ADVISORS

Dr Catarina Sacadura

Cat is a registered Clinical Psychologist and Therapist with over 20 years experience. She has worked in NHS and conducted research and she is particularly interested in promoting research, addressing stigma and changing public perception of mental health.

Peter Bardsley 

 

Peter is a renowned Location Manager working on many of the major film productions made in the UK from Harry Potter and Batman to War Horse and the latest Star Wars films. Peter has a Psychology degree and is also an accomplished singer.

Karen Fayerty

Karen is a qualified nurse with over 20 years experience in the film industry. She has worked on projects of all sizes and often heads a team of nurses / medics on larger jobs.

 “We need help and guidance when people come to us feeling they can’t cope . This is our one opportunity to connect and put them in touch with people that can really help make a difference. I feel 6ft from the spotlight can help us achieve this “

Manjula Bray

Passionate about recognising talent and diversity, Manjula has a background in Human Resources that supports her portfolio career as a business psychologist and executive career coach. She supports organisations to identify and optimise talent and individuals to recognise and harness their strengths to grow achieve their full potential. Manjula's experience as an independent lay assessor for public appointments, she's no stranger to helping recruit senior roles within the judiciary and public bodies. She volunteers as an ethics panel member for her local police force and a board member of the NoFit State community circus (a Cardiff-based charity).

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