How to put together a training plan

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Training is a great way to address some of the industry-specific factors that contribute to poor mental health on productions.

Embedding mental health awareness into training delivered to your teams boosts your opportunities to create a safe, positive and productive environment.


What to consider when creating your training plan

There are many ways to develop the skills and tools necessary to manage the mental health and wellbeing of everyone on your production.

These include:

  • Formal training
  • Peer support
  • Continuing professional development

Explore a blended approach to learning to best support the needs of the production and each team member.

Consider the following four factors when reviewing your training needs:

  • What do you need on your production, appropriate to your scale and context, to ensure everyone’s psychological safety?
  • What kind of support do you need to offer?
  • Have crew members completed previous training?
  • Would a refresher or follow-on course be suitable for them?

Discover how to create a relevant, holistic and industry-specific mental health training plan by using the UK-wide industry framework from ScreenSkills and the Film and TV Charity: Mental Health Training Guidance for Employers.


Key mental health training areas for film and TV

Leadership and management training

Leadership and management training is a vital part of equipping anyone who oversees  a team.

As crew members move into managerial positions, it’s essential to prepare them for their role responsibilities and duty of care.

Relevant training includes:


Health and safety training

Health and safety training must be undertaken by all crew for both their physical and psychological wellbeing.

This might include:


Inclusive culture at work

An inclusive culture at work is essential to creating a happy, safe and more productive working environment.

Help your crew to understand how a lack of knowledge regarding personal lived experiences, or a lack of confidence in addressing thoughtless behaviour, might impact individuals and productions in harmful and possibly discriminatory ways.

Areas to consider are:


Production-specific skills

Arrange production-specific skills training for certain roles or responsibilities – know what will be expected from individuals and check appropriate training is provided.

For example, production-specific training could relate to sensitive content, the safe management of productions or certain activities, such as advanced driving skills or using unfamiliar equipment.

Refresher courses are a good idea, too.





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