Actions you can take
Then you can assess whether more production-wide mental health awareness training might be needed. Accredited frameworks include Mental Health First Aid, i-act, Mind and Nuco. Other relevant training might include raising awareness of some of the contributing factors to poor mental health, such as bullying and harassment or equality, diversity and inclusion. Download this guidance on how to put together a training plan.
Make sure they know who to talk to about any issues that have come up as a result of the training. They might talk to their line manager, a counselling support service, WellBeing Facilitator (if you have one) or The Film and TV Charity Support Line.
Ask crew members if they have any specific training needs that might be relevant to supporting their own mental health. For example, this could include working with vulnerable contributors, managing boundaries or difficult conversations.
Organisations providing training include ScreenSkills, which runs a leadership course for HODs, and disability awareness courses. Some organisations also hold this training internally. Or, you could consider commissioning bespoke training.
This will help to develop an open, safe environment on the production. Point people towards free, online e-learning such as the ScreenSkills modules. For larger-scale productions, bespoke face-to-face training can have a longer-term impact on attendees.