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.
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.