6ft From CIC is championing the concept of using a Wellbeing Facilitator on suitable productions. The team will work with the production to create and implement mental health policies and stress/mental health risk assessments
The aim of the role is 3 fold.
a. Assist the production to prevent stress and mental health issues and meet its legal duty of care to protect the mental health and wellbeing of the crew and cast
b. Support the cast and crew on set to stay mentally fit and well
c. Assist all to create great content in the safest and most efficient way.
Contact us to discuss how. Each production is unique.
WELLBEING FACILITATOR OVERVIEW
A Wellbeing Facilitator (WBF) on set, studio or location provides mental health support for crew, cast talent and contributors and all levels of production. A WBF also helps the production to meet its obligations under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, Managing Health Safety Regulations 1999 and Equality Act 2010 with regard to Mental Health and wellbeing.
As it currently stands, it is unlikely that film and television productions can stop if someone falls physically ill and the same applies to someone falling mentally ill, either suddenly or gradually.
Having a visual presence on location, in the production office and being on hand to help regulate emotions, especially within a crisis and at high stress, is a must. The WBF administers evidence-based techniques that help lower cortisol (stress) levels as and when needed without becoming a therapist or counsellor.
In the moment, they use skills gained from a range of training, to de-escalate heightened emotions and the associated physiological response. This in turn helps alleviate stress, prevents conflict, reduces time delays and avoids incurring costs. The techniques are taken from Mindfulness and various diversion techniques, alongside observing signs of poor mental health from MHFA and i-act. They will be trained to seek support from clinicians where appropriate and will not diagnose issues.
On smaller budget productions, a member of the crew should be trained and nominated as the shoot WBF (if it is manageable alongside their principle role). This could be the Health & Safety Adviser, Production Manager or even Senior Management remotely.
The role of the Wellbeing Facilitator on set is to support advise the Heads of Department and Producers on how best to prevent stress and mental health issues. They are also there to support the cast and crew, talent and contributors with their own mental health and wellbeing.
They can advise upon:
Production MH and Wellbeing Policy
Production Stress/MH Risk Assessments (Work Environment, Content, contributors….)
Positive Prevention Initiatives for Production
Personal Wellbeing Plans for crew, cast where applicable
Liaise with Unit/Set Medic
Peer Network Advice
Does Not Diagnose
First Aid to get someone clinical support where necessary
When Should a Wellbeing Facilitator be used?
It is up to an individual production to decide how the mental health of its cast and crew should be supported. The law is explicit, a production regardless of size must put steps in place to prevent stress and protect the mental and physical health of all crew, cast, contributors and contractors regardless of their employment status.
Stress and Mental Health Risk Assessments should be carried out by all productions regardless of size. The employment of a Fully accredited Wellbeing Facilitator will depend upon budget, bearing in mind that a WBF can save time and money as will early consideration of a strategy to protect mental health on set.
Line Producers and Production Managers should be trained in Module A (Block 2) and Module B as a matter of course for background and understanding of their duty of care and how to manage stress/mental health on set.
Small productions should ideally have a trained MH crew member who has a dual role. This person will need to have attended both Modules A and B of the WBF Training.
Medium size productions will have a proportion of crew trained in modules A and B and/or a part time/full time Wellbeing Facilitator to oversee the production.
Large productions where a unit medic is required should have a Fully Accredited Wellbeing facilitator full time possibly per unit.
Wellbeing Facilitator Qualifications/Training
A. Mental Health and Wellbeing Module
Mental Health First Aid equivalent in the context of Film and TV
I-act Managing positive Mental Health and Wellbeing for Film and TV
B. Health and Safety Module
Mental Health, duty of care and the Law
HSE Stress Management Standards
Stress Risk Assessments (includes generic RA training)
Mental Health Policies
C. Positive Psychology Module
The Emotional Brain and The Emotional Regulation System
Tools and Techniques
D. Other Training (Optional)
Cruse Bereavement Awareness Training
ASIST (Suicide Training)
Leadership and Management Resilience
Minimum 3 years’ experience in a Freelance role within Film/TV Industry
Ability to show empathy, listen non-judgementally.
UNCONDITIONAL POSITIVE REGARD