Mental Health First Aid Course

Posted on 6th June 2017
  • 11th – 12th July 2017
  • 9am – 5pm on both days

Newcastle Arts Centre (Studio B)
67 Westgate Road
Newcastle upon Tyne

1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem at some point in their life. Many factors make this risk especially acute for those working in the screen industries: from the intensive pressures of production, through the precariousness of freelancing or keeping a business afloat, to the solitariness of writing.

In spite of these risks any of us know very little about mental health. There is lots of evidence to show that early intervention can help to slow down or stop a mental health problem and yet we often don’t spot signs that someone is struggling until very late.

Delivered in partnership with the UK’s media and entertainment trade union BECTU this Mental Health First Aid Course will teach you to recognise the early signs of a mental health problem, and give you the confidence and knowledge to help. Thanks to the support of our funders there is no charge to attend, but only a very limited number of places are available and attendance is strictly by application.

What you will learn on the course:

  • Spot the early signs of a mental health problem
  • Feel confident helping someone experiencing a problem
  • Provide help on a first aid basis
  • Help prevent someone from hurting themselves or others
  • Help stop a mental illness from getting worse
  • Help someone recover to faster
  • Guide someone towards the right support
  • Reduce the stigma of mental health problems
  • The trainer will be Tom Ross from the TUC

Eligibility: to apply for a place you must be working on a fully professional basis within the creative industries in the North East of England. That means you must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Be registered as self-employed with HMRC (either as a Sole Trader or a Limited Company) and be able to provide a Unique Tax Reference
  • Be a company owner
  • Be employed by a small or medium sized creative company in the North East (one with fewer than 250 employees and a turnover of not more than €50m per annum)

Unfortunately we can not accept applications from actors/performers and those working in education.

Precedence will be given to those who have received fewer than 12 hours of NFM services (events, advisory meetings and other funded activity) over the past 18 months. (If you wish to check how many hours of support you have received please contact us via the email link below.)

To apply for a place please download an application form and return it to

Deadline for receipt of applications: Monday 19 June, 5pm.

You will be notified of the outcome of your application by the end of Wednesday 21 June.

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