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.
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.