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The Farm Dial Up Wellbeing at Edinburgh International TV Festival

We’re teaming up with world-leading post-production house The Farm Group at Edinburgh International Television Festival this year to spread the message about the importance of wellbeing for all those working in the TV industry.

Edinburgh TV Festival is the biggest and most prestigious media event in the UK, bringing together all parts of the television and digital world to celebrate creativity, diversity and inspirational talent, and to debate the major issues facing the industry.

Alex Pumfrey, CEO of the charity said, “The Farm have shown so much enthusiasm and support for our work exploring the experiences of people in this industry and we’re really glad to be working with them to bring the charity’s message to Edinburgh.

Despite the perceived ‘glitz and glamour’, we hear many stories of the stress and strain borne by those working behind the scenes.

Last year we rapidly launched our Support Line and this service has already responded to over 2,000 calls, offering financial and emotional help to people when they need it most. On the back of this, we commissioned our groundbreaking study to understand the true picture of mental health in our industry and almost 9,000 people took part in the first part of this, an online survey. 

We now want to work hand in hand with industry to catalyse real change and are convening the Industry Taskforce on Mental Health to guide, champion and challenge this work – and the programme of activity that will follow.” 

Charlotte Layton, Group Commercial Director at The Farm said, “Looking after our Farmers’ welfare, and that of all of the programme makers who walk through our doors every day, is of the upmost importance to us. We’re thrilled to be supporting The Film and TV Charity to spread the message that it’s important to show consideration for everyone’s wellbeing, a task that we both appreciate is not always easy.”

Visit The Farm and the charity’s Support Line phone box at the festival this year and tag your photos @filmtvcharity #WeAreFilmandTV 

The Film & TV Support Line is free, confidential, and available 24/7 for issues big or small: 0800 054 00 00

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