Productions can be healthier, more open places to work – from the development meeting to the edit suite. We’re working with the industry to improve mental health and wellbeing support systems on productions. This includes sharing practical advice, best practice, and lived experiences from those who have implemented new things or found better ways of working to freshen up existing frameworks.
We’ve been figuring out and testing what works. Together. And will be launching a toolkit for you to use in late 2021. We all know that fair policies, clear communications and strong values lead to better ways of working – in theory. This toolkit will have practical steps and real examples that any production can follow… because content shouldn’t be produced at the expense of those who make it.
When it comes to your wellbeing at work, we want to help you put yourself first. And we know freelancers and others in film and TV want resources which are industry-specific and take into account the realities of working in our industry.
Through this industry-wide digital hub, you’ll have access to practical tools and self-help resources, professional advice and support services, including a Check-In quiz to see how you’re feeling right now. There are also resources to help you stay healthy at work, and for freelancers in particular, for times when you’re not working too.
We’ve boosted our 24-hour Support Line, adding to the counselling, therapy and financial support options. There is funded access to this anonymous online community service for freelancers looking for support.
We will be hosting freelancer events to encourage colleagues to share, learn and support themselves and each other. Our community support services continue to be driven by you and cover the types of wellbeing issues that matter to you – be they emotional, work-related, physical or financial.
Would you like some mental health training, but don’t know which type? Do you manage a team, despite never having received any line manager training?
We’ll help you make sense of what’s out there – when it comes to training around the causes of poor mental health too, e.g. ‘bystander’ techniques, ‘boundaries’ skills.
Experts will produce guidance on what to look for and how to find it. There’ll also be advice for providers on how to design courses, and deliver them, to those who need help most.
Training shouldn’t be a burden – we want to help you enjoy and be good at what you do. Let’s build people skills in to existing courses, rather than building on new modules.
This October we will launch ‘Let’s Reset’. This 12-month campaign developed and co-produced with people from all areas of the industry, is designed to tackle the stigma still associated with mental health, challenging preconceptions, and improving attitudes and behaviours. We listened to all of you about the importance of asking leaders to take a stand and demonstrate meaningful action, change and commitments – and you will see these messages appearing all over the industry – where you work, on social media, in the trade press, and within organisations.
It’s crucial that we demonstrate the benefits of healthier, more supported, and inclusive working environments, to individuals, organisations and businesses. There must be greater creativity, diversity, and retention of talent, support services and resources available for freelancers, employees and those working on productions and elsewhere in the industry.
Supported by The Film and TV Charity’s mental health Task Force, and other leading bodies and organisations, the campaign will amplify a frank and open conversation about the meaningful changes needed to support mental health and wellbeing. You can find out more about Let’s Reset here.
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We’ll support you if you experience or witness bullying or harassment. That period when you’re worried or confused about what’s happening can be damaging to your mental health. Our team will help you navigate your options.
Take advantage of our evolving and improved Bullying Advice Services to reflect on your experiences, access helpful information, record information on our reporting tool SPOT and talk things through in complete confidence with a bullying expert.
We’re backing the ongoing work of industry bodies (BFI, BAFTA, BECTU, Time’s Up, PACT, Directors UK, ScreenSkills and the Coalition for Change) to eradicate bullying in all its forms.
If you’re having courageous and constructive conversations at work, about how to strengthen an internal system for reporting bullying, we’re there for you. And we continue to support freelancers from across the industry too.