Mental health and wellbeing

Support to help you manage your own mental wellbeing, and help others to do the same. 
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It may not always feel like it, especially if you’re particularly stressed or not feeling like yourself, but there is support available for people working in film, TV, and cinema – and you’re not alone. It’s important to seek help when you need it and getting help early can make it easier to get on top of things.

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Urgent support

You can contact our helpful and supportive team any time, day or night.

In the moment support

You can talk to our Film and TV Support Line on 0800 054 0000 or by using our Live Chat. Our Support Line is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and provides in-the-moment support. All our services are free of charge, completely confidential, and totally independent. 

Counselling

Anyone working behind the scenes can request a referral for up to six free counselling sessions through our Support Line. Sessions can take place in person or remotely. Our counsellors are BACP accredited and have a broad range of experience, including supporting those in the industry from under-represented groups, such as Black and Global Majority clients and people who identify as LGBTQI+. In addition, translators can be arranged for a range of languages, and you can access a counsellor who uses British Sign Language.

Mental health and wellbeing resources

When it comes to mental health and wellbeing, it can be tricky to navigate all the information and support that’s available. We’ve developed a list of resources to help you look after yourself.

Supporting others

  • A camera operator and their assistant is standing waist-deep in lake water whilst filming a fisherman that is crouching down on an old pontoon. In the distance is a woodland area on the other side of the lake.

    Helping someone else 

    If you’re worried about someone else’s mental health, but don’t know how to help them to seek support, you can use our list of resources to guide you in a range of different situations.

  • Three workers are standing in an office space having a stand-up meeting.

    Supporting your team 

    Building a happier, healthier industry for everyone also means providing support for employers and managers who face challenges. Sometimes it can be tricky to identify the best way to approach these challenges, so we’ve put together a range of advice and guidance.

How are you? Check in on your wellbeing

Our self-assessment gives tailored tips and advice for managing common industry stressors. Plus, you’ll find guidance for supporting your wellbeing

Other services and advice

  • A woman is sat with her back to the camera. She is talking to another person who is sat facing her, paying attention to what she is saying.

    Bullying Advice Service 

    If you’re experiencing bullying, harassment, or discrimination, our Bullying Advice Service offers one-to-one support with a specialist adviser.

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    Financial support 

    We can help you find the right financial support, from one-off grants to help you in a crisis, to useful tools like our budget planner and benefits finder.

  • A focus puller on set, he is crouching down and testing the equipment. In front of him is a film camera that is resting on the floor.

    Coaching 

    Our Work and Wellbeing Advisers can provide supportive sessions to overcome challenges you’re facing in life and work.

  • Thoughtful writer is sat at a desk with his head resting on his hands. He has a laptop in front of him with a notepad to the side.

    Legal advice 

    We offer free expert legal advice via our Support Line, for anyone working behind the scenes in film, TV and cinema.

  • Producer working in a broadcast control room. She is sat at a large desk, full of equipment and she is facing the camera and smiling.

    The Whole Picture Toolkit 

    Learn about our Toolkit to help support people at all levels of production in looking after the mental health of crew members.

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