Whole Picture Programme

Pioneering action for better mental health

Last year we asked the film, TV and cinema workforce to tell us about their mental health as part of ground-breaking research into the wellbeing of people working in our industry.

What did we see?

The centrepiece of the research was an online survey – over 9,000 people responded. The Looking Glass survey results reveal a mental health crisis in the workforce.

Nearly 9 in 10 people working in our industry have experienced a mental health problem.

Analysis of the underlying causes reveals three areas that interact to create a perfect storm for poor mental health – the conditions of work, the industry’s culture, and its capability to provide support.


What’s next?

A collaborative approach is crucial to address the deep-seated issues identified in the research. We’re convening The Film and TV Taskforce on Mental Health with forward-thinking leaders drawn from across the industry – in development, production, animation, broadcasting, distribution and cinema – to champion urgent and long-term action to change our industry for the better.

The Whole Picture Programme is an evidence-based plan for change. Commitments have already been made by Banijay, BBC, BBC Studios, Channel 4, Disney, Endemol Shine, ITV and Sky, and others are joining us every day.

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You can support us in a range of ways. Find out more and get in touch.

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The Whole Picture Programme is a pioneering, industry-led movement for better mental health in film, TV and cinema.

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Call our 24-hour Support Line. Our trained team has lots of experience and can give you quick and discreet advice.

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Read the full research report the Looking Glass. Download the Data tables.

The team at The Film and TV Charity would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the thousands of people who took part in The Looking Glass survey and entrusted us with their private stories in the hope of changing the industry they love. We couldn’t have done it without you.

Thank you to the Work Foundation who carried out the Looking Glass research on our behalf and supported us in shaping our process of collaborative working and co-design.