Ground-breaking mental health project
The Film and TV Charity commissioned a ground-breaking research project, The Looking Glass study, to look closely at mental health in the film and TV industry in the UK. It was conducted by The Work Foundation as a wide-ranging piece of research comprising a rapid-evidence review, a workforce survey, qualitative interviews and consultation with an industry forum.
In July 2019, we completed the first part of this research with an online survey. It explored topics including working hours and patterns; work intensity and job security; working culture; alcohol use; finances, experiences of mental health problems and subjective wellbeing and experiences of accessing support.
In just 3 weeks, nearly 9,000 people completed the survey. We were staggered with this response. It’s been a wake-up call for us.
We now know that our sector is facing a mental health crisis. The response demonstrates the remarkable depth of feeling about mental health. We’re now focusing on bringing the industry together to tackle this issue, and we’re building high-level engagement from major film studios, cinema chains, broadcasters and production outfits.