Rose Bruford College are proud to be running the first ‘Mental Health First Aid’ certificate at work for Company/Stage and Production Managers and freelance professionals as part of The Mental Health Charter for the Performing Arts. 

1 in 4 people in our industry said that they had been affected by mental health problems in the past year. Increasingly Company Stage Managers are having to deal with issues that many do not feel equipped to manage. We want to do more to support people working in backstage and technical industries.

This one-day mental health awareness and skills course is targeted at Arts Professionals and qualifies you as an MHFA Champion Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognised training course, which teaches people how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis. Full course Materials and Certification included.

Friday 5 July 2019
10am to 4pm

Rose Bruford College
Burnt Oak Lane
Sidcup, Kent
DA15 9DF


This course is run through Mental Health First Aid England


Trainer – David Whiting

David has been working alongside the Mental Health First Aid team at Rose Bruford on the delivery of workshops around managing stress and anxiety and mental health awareness. Rose Bruford deliver workshops to all their first year students in design management and technical arts courses as part of their curriculum.

He worked in the London Fire Brigade for over thirty years and attended many significant incidents.  During his service he led a group in the brigade which ensured that emergency services, the military and government organisations worked effectively together at major incidents.  Additionally, he was the lead officer in the 7th July bombing inquests ensuring that his colleagues were supported emotionally during the hearings.

David is a Mental Health First Aid instructor approved to deliver adult, youth and higher education courses. He is also approved to deliver the British Safety Council ‘Mates in Mind’ courses. David is passionate about reducing the stigma around mental health, particularly in those sectors in which there’s a reluctance to openly discuss the subject.


Trainer – Pat O’Toole

Pat is a freelance trainer, coach and Course Director at Rose Bruford College. She is part of the  #time4change group who wrote The Mental Health Charter for The Performing Arts and regularly delivers workshops and talks to drama schools and arts organisations around mental health and well-being. She has worked for White Light for over 4 years and delivers mental health awareness workshops for all new staff.  Pat is a trained counsellor and a mental health first aider and uses her knowledge and career as both a stage manager, director and performer to help support others.


Rose Bruford College
Burnt Oak Lane
DA15 9DF


* Tea and Coffee provided. Lunch is not included in the cost, however there are 2 cafe's on site serving a selection of hot and cold food.