How can I support my mental health?

How can I support my mental health?

Bullying can have a long-lasting, damaging effect on your mental health. So it’s important you seek out support as early as possible to prevent problems from escalating. If you’re at all concerned about your physical or mental health, you can make an appointment to speak to your GP.

If you’re struggling to cope or feel you’ve reached crisis point you can call the Samaritans on 116 123, email [email protected] or go to www.samaritans.org

1-2-1 Support

When asked in our Looking Glass survey ‘what would help you to manage your mental wellbeing at work?’ 51% of respondents cited ‘one-to-one therapy’. It can be an invaluable form of confidential support to help you make sense of how you’re feeling.

Where to access 1-2-1 support

Film and TV Support Line

Our 24-hour Support Line provides a listening ear round the clock, 24/7, or you can get in touch via the live chat. Access up to six sessions of therapy, free of charge, via phone or videophone

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NHS

NHS talking therapy services, aka Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services, are free, confidential and delivered by accredited practitioners. Find out here where to find them, and how you can refer yourself.

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Peer Support

Thanks to our strategic partner Mind, we know there’s lots of evidence to suggest that peer support is beneficial for empowering people with mental health problems. Benefits include a sense of shared identity, increased self-confidence and improved mental wellbeing.

Knowing that someone else has been through similar experiences can help you to accept what has happened and feel less alone.

Where to access peer support groups

ScreenSkills

ScreenSkills regularly run a wellbeing drop-in session hosted by Jude Spencer. It's a safe online space to check in and connect with others working in film and TV.

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Bectu

The Unscripted branch of Bectu is hosting fortnightly meet-ups for their members, to check in, share experiences and coping strategies. More info on joining the Unscripted TV branch here.

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Togetherall

Our online mental health community Togetherall is available for you to use for free, 24/7. Use it to talk openly and anonymously with others online

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Conduct Change

This programme can support you to move on after experiencing bullying in the workplace by rebuilding your confidence and resilience

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Facebook Community

A safe, online space for deaf and disabled television professionals to connect, share job opportunities, advice and guidance

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Bectu

A network for Black, Asian and minority ethnic Bectu members to share experiences, build relationships and have access to information and resources

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Journaling

The process of recording information is thought to be important from a legal, HR and mental health perspective. It can help people to identify patterns of behaviour, acknowledge the cumulative impact of events and understand what is happening to them.

Online journaling tools

Togetherall

Use our online mental health community to access your own, private journal where you can write down what you've been going through and express yourself through online artwork

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Spot

Our digital tool allows you to process your experiences and create a private, personal record of something you’ve experienced or witnessed

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Are there any resources out there that we’ve missed? Or any information that would be useful to you that we can share in the future? Get in touch [email protected]