Better mental health behind the scenes

You spoke up for yourself and your crew, we listened

For almost 100 years we’ve supported the visionary people working behind the scenes in UK film, TV and cinema.

So we understand what it takes to keep the cameras rolling, and how hard this year in particular had been.

We’re committed to making it a happier, healthier place for everyone to work. As a movement for change, we’ll be working with the industry as well as individuals from around film, TV and cinema who are helping change the industry for the better.

 

For better mental health in film and TV

Last year we conducted research to look at the experiences of people who work in film, TV and cinema. An incredible 9,000 of you responded. The outcomes showed that the scale of the problem faced by our industry is beyond what we could have imagined – 9 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 lack of control over working hours, have inspired the industry’s commitment to this 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, rolling out new services and resources.

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We’re looking forward to working with others across the industry who share our concerns. And we’ll keep listening to you. There will be opportunities for you to get involved, help us shape the outcomes and have a say in the future of your industry.

Take action to improve mental wellbeing

There are no quick fixes for the complex causes of our industry’s poor mental health.

We must all work together to tackle the issues we uncovered and embed change at every level of our industry, from writing to carpentry, commissioning to exhibition.

During this 2-year programme, we’ll roll out some urgently needed new services and resources. We’ve already launched Community Grants, which are helping people to connect and we’ve launched an online mental health community, now available for you and your family to use.

What you can do today

Check out the Support Line

The Support Line is free, confidential and 24/7 - get in touch and tell your friends and colleagues

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Join our Mental Health community

Our online mental health platform is free and accessible for you and your family.

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Taking care of yourself is so important, and so is supporting others around you. Make sure you’re taking action and sharing information about our services with your friends and colleagues.

Supporting others

Share the Support Line

Adding the Support Line number to your email footer, all sheet or COVID-19 signs will ensure your colleagues know support is available

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Help through COVID-19

Learn how to better manage your own and your colleagues mental wellbeing with expert resources

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"Remember to ask twice"

10 ways to help someone in crisis and advice on talking about suicide from our Head of Mental Health and Wellbeing

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The movement for change

We’re looking forward to working with others across the industry who share our concern for the mental health of the workforce. Our hope is that, together, we can create an unstoppable movement for change.

None of this would have been possible without the foresight and commitment of our generous funders and Taskforce members Amazon Prime Video, Banijay, BBC, BBC Studios, the BFI, Channel 4, The Walt Disney Company, IMG, ITV, Sky, Sky Studios, Sony Pictures Entertainment, ViacomCBS and WarnerMedia, and the support of our strategic partner Mind.

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We would like to extend our sincere thanks to the thousands of people who took part in The Looking Glass and entrusted us with their private stories in the hope of changing the industry they love for the better. The Whole Picture Programme report has been vital in building this action for change. We couldn’t have done it without you.

Industry and external delivery partners

If you or your organisation shares our passion and you’d like to show your support, please get in touch.

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