Better mental health behind the scenes

You spoke up for yourself and your crew, we listened

After years of supporting people working behind the scenes in film, TV and cinema in the UK, we understand what it takes to keep the cameras rolling.

In 2019, we asked people to tell us about their mental health. Thousands of you responded to show us the scale of the problem — and we listened.

We’re committed to making the film, TV and cinema industry a happier and healthier place to work, and so we’re teaming up with people and organisations to bring about the change that’s so clearly needed.

Positive action inspired by research

Our Looking Glass Survey in 2019 looked at the experiences of people working in film, TV and cinema. An incredible 9,000 of you responded. The outcomes showed that the scale of the problem is beyond what we could have imagined.

Nine in 10 of you have experienced a mental health problem and, sadly, half of you said you’d considered taking your own life. The personal stories and underlying causes, from a culture of bullying to a lack of control over working hours, have inspired the industry’s commitment to a programme of change. 

We’ll be working together to make sure you feel valued and supported, to enhance the support available and to change behaviour. Because our research uncovered some serious problems, we’re tackling the urgent issues first.

Watch this space because we’ll shortly publish the results of an updated 2021 survey to check in with the community, after an incredibly tough 12 months.

 

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Take action to improve your mental wellbeing

There are no quick fixes for the complex causes of our industry’s poor mental health.

We all have to pull together to tackle the issues and embed change in every corner and at every level, from writing to carpentry, from commissioning to exhibition.

While we’re rolling out urgently-needed new services and resources, you can already take advantage of our dedicated support. Find ways to get in touch below.

What you can do today

Check out the Support Line

The Support Line is free, confidential and 24/7 - get in touch and tell your friends and colleagues

Get in touch

Boost your wellbeing

If you’re overwhelmed with stress or anxiety, or perhaps struggling to deal with the death of a loved one, there are positive steps you can take.

Improve your mental health

Stand against bullying

Bullying takes many forms, and it’s upsetting to experience or to witness. No matter what you’re dealing with, we’re here to help.

Take the first steps

As well as taking care of yourself, it’s important to support other people around you. Jump in, get involved and share information about the wealth of services that we offer with your friends and colleagues.

Ways to support others

Share our 24/7 Support Line

Why not pop our Support Line number on your email footer, call sheet or COVID-19 signs, to help ensure your colleagues know support is available?

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Join in, Let’s Reset

Team up with others across the industry who share our concern for the mental health of the workforce. Our hope is that, together, we can all create an unstoppable movement for positive change.

Drive cultural change

"Remember to ask twice"

10 ways to help someone in crisis and advice on talking about suicide from Lucy Tallon, our Head of Mental Health and Wellbeing

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None of this would be possible without the foresight and commitment of our generous funders and Taskforce members: Amazon Prime Video, Banijay, BBC, BBC Studios, the BFI, Channel 4, The Walt Disney Company, IMG, ITV, Sky, Sky Studios, Sony Pictures Entertainment, ViacomCBS and WarnerMedia, and the support of our strategic partner Mind.

In partnership with

We would like to extend our sincere thanks to the thousands of people who took part in 2019’s The Looking Glass and entrusted us with their private stories in the hope of changing the industry they love for the better. The Whole Picture Programme report has been vital in building this action for change. We couldn’t have done it without you.

Industry and external delivery partners

If you or your organisation shares our passion and you’d like to show your support, please get in touch.

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