The Film and TV Charity has launched a new industry mental health survey and called for donations to the charity to support it.
The first Looking Glass Survey in 2019 showed 9 in 10 respondents to that survey stating that they had experienced a mental health problem. Following the 2019 survey, The Film and TV Charity bolstered the support it offered through its free 24/7 Film and TV Support Line with the launch of its Bullying Advice Service, a Freelancer Wellbeing Hub, and practical tools and resources offered through the charity’s website.
A further Looking Glass Survey in 2021, commissioned to capture how film, TV, and cinema workers were responding to the challenges presented by the pandemic, saw that just 1 in 10 people agree that the industry was a mentally healthy place to work. However, respondents said that conversations around mental health, culture, and working conditions were starting to take root. Since then, the charity has launched its Whole Picture Toolkit, a free online resource providing UK productions with a framework to create a mentally healthy workplace.
Alex Pumfrey, CEO at The Film and TV Charity, said “It’s the third time we are asking people to complete the Looking Glass Survey and we are hopeful that people from every corner of the industry will do so to help us understand how we can continue to support every one of them, regardless of what stage of their career they may be at. The first two surveys gave us the data and the insight to understand what was needed and, although progress has been made over the last three years, we know there is much more to be done. What’s more, donating to support us in delivering those services is an act of generosity we know all of our beneficiaries are incredibly grateful for.
“We’re asking everyone across film, TV, and cinema to take on this challenge by sharing the survey with their colleagues; tell us how you are feeling and what you need. And while we completely understand that many are feeling the effects of the cost-of-living crisis at the moment, donations from those who are able to help can make a powerful difference to so many people working behind the scenes.”
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