DNG Crew today announced the launch of a new training module designed to highlight mental health awareness. The course will be rolled out to existing crew and become part of the standard induction process.
“We are really excited to be able to deliver this module in a really open way that doesn’t cost money,” said Martin Barraclough, Safety & Training Manager at DNG. “Mental health is a real issue in our industry, and the freelance culture can discourage companies from training people or using resources. With the launch of this course, we can achieve at least basic awareness in all persons who work within our teams.”
The Mental Health Awareness Module aims to break the stigma surrounding workplace mental health and encourage users to engage in an open dialogue, and recognise symptoms in others. There is also a focus on self care, including elements such as the Stress Container exercise and the Goldberg Anxiety Scale.
Approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year. In England, 1 in 6 people report experiencing a common mental health problem (such as anxiety and depression) in any given week. Within the live event industry, we add elements such as long working hours, transient working, and a history of painful cases within the industry community of suicide, addiction and severe disorders.
There are excellent signposting organisations specific to the industry such as www.musicsupport.org. However, the core issue of basic awareness is one that needs tackling by all.
“We just really hope that other crew suppliers in London, Manchester and nationally can take the same view on this and start moving the conversation on for this large group of workers. We would be happy to collaborate with any company who wants to know more, the focus has to be on awareness and prevention.”
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