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A new mental health first aid training initiative for the screen industry will up-skill production and post-production leaders.

Ahead of Screen Forever next week, Ausfilm, Fox Studios Australia, Netflix, and Industrial Light & Magic, and have partnered to work with a new wellbeing enterprise led by Ben Steel (The Show Must Go On).

The initiative is offering 60 free place across 5 online Mental Health First Aid courses commencing in June.

Expressions of interest are invited from producers, line-producers / production managers, post producers, post supervisors and VFX producers.

“Mental health first aid teaches you how to notice the early signs of mental health challenges before a condition worsens, and how to intervene. Screen leaders learning these skills will feel more confident in knowing what to do, what to say, and how to offer support to a colleague or employee,” says Debra Richards, Netflix Director APAC Studio & Production Affairs.

Ausfilm CEO, Kate Marks says “Access to this essential training for screen industry leaders across physical production, VFX, picture and sound post-production and music services, targeting people who manage teams is vital. Many of our industry leaders are not trained or know how to initiate and navigate sensitive and supportive mental health conversations with staff. We are honoured to be partnering with Fox Studios Australia, Industrial Light & Magic, and Netflix on this very important and timely initiative.”

“It was important for us to put our weight behind this initiative and make an overall contribution to help support the growth and improvement of the mental health and wellbeing of our sector. It’s something that we as a company believe in and are pleased to support ac-cess to training that we know will have meaningful impact,” says Luke Hetherington, Executive in Charge of Industrial Light & Magic’s Sydney and Singapore studios.

“The existence of this initiative in our sector interrupts the stigma around mental health. It is important for us to support and promote access to training that we know will have a meaningful impact in the screen industry” says John Hughes, Head of Fox Studios Australia.

“I have been working with production and screen business expert Margaret Tillson behind-the-scenes all last year on this – and we can’t wait to reveal our full plans to the industry later this week,” says Ben Steel.

Register at: forms.gle/jZzTuheBDncQd11G7

Source: tvtonight.com.au

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