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ITV is to explore ways of protecting the wellbeing of staff, freelancers and on-screen contributors at a dedicated mental health conference.

The broadcaster has partnered with the Film and TV Charity and with mental health charities Mind, YoungMinds, Calm and SAMH for the Mental Health in the Media conference, which will take place at ITV White City on 14 and 15 March.

ITV Studios director of production Helen Killeen and freelance production manager Alicia Dalrymple among the panellists for the Protecting Wellbeing on Productions session, in which broadcaster and actor Adil Ray will chair a discussion about how wellbeing practices can be implemented in the workplace and extended to people in freelance jobs working on ITV shows.

Elsewhere, ITV head of production duty of care Lindsey Taylor, executive producer and welfare executive Samantha Bickley and Lifted Entertainment head of welfare Clare Callaghan will discuss Caring For Contributors in a session chaired by Baroness Ruth Davidson.

Other sessions will cover the on-screen depiction of mental health and the role of advertising and marketing in driving awareness and challenging stereotypes.

The event builds on the work of ITV’s Mental Health Advisory Group, set up with charity and professional experts to advise on the broadcaster’s approach to the wellbeing of all on- and off-screen staff.

For further details of the conference, and to sign up, visit here.

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