Mind-Craft Report

The Mind-Craft report identifies the challenge of loneliness to the mental health of industry workers 
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The report analysed responses to the 2021 edition of the Charity’s own Looking Glass survey, identifying that loneliness has three times the impact of any other factor on the mental health and wellbeing of those working behind the scenes in film, TV and cinema.

Two-thirds of respondents thought about leaving the industry during the past year due to mental health concerns.

Applying a statistical model created by data scientists at Select Statistics, the report finds that loneliness is the single leading influence on film and TV workers’ mental health, while also recognising that other factors also have an impact on mental health and wellbeing, including:

  • Career development
  • Workplace culture and communication
  • Financial struggles
  • Work-life balance

The report acts in support of the Charity’s strategic focus on improving working conditions. This includes improving workplace culture, and the capability of the industry to support the mental health and wellbeing of its workers. It also underlines the importance of the Charity’s community and social wellbeing programmes.

Social wellbeing support

We recognise the challenge of loneliness faced by many in the sector, where work can sometimes be isolating and periods out of work can be hard to handle. The report’s findings highlight how important it is to cultivate social wellbeing and a sense of connection and community. 

Our existing mental health support can be accessed through services such as our Support Line and Bullying Advice Service

We are grateful for the continued support of the industry as we tackle wellbeing challenges, with the aim of improving the working lives of staff and crew and management at all levels of the industry. 

Our existing mental health support

  • Support Line 

    Our free and confidential 24/7 Support Line is available to everyone working behind the scenes in film, TV, and cinema.

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    Bullying Advice Service 

    Our Bullying Advice Service can support you if you’ve experienced or witnessed bullying, harassment, or discrimination at work.

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    Mental health and wellbeing 

    Support to help you manage your own mental wellbeing, and help others to do the same.

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    Mentally healthy productions 

    We’ve created the Whole Picture Toolkit to support people at all levels of production to look after their team’s mental health.