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UK’s Film & TV Charity launches campaign taking on stigmas about mental health

The UK-based Film & TV Charity is kicking off a campaign intended to both draw attention to and address mental health challenges facing the industry. ‘Let’s Reset’ is a 12-month ...
October 6, 2021

The UK-based Film & TV Charity is kicking off a campaign intended to both draw attention to and address mental health challenges facing the industry. ‘Let’s Reset’ is a 12-month campaign designed to tackle stigma associated with mental health, by challenging common preconceptions, improving attitudes and behaviors across the industry, and by demonstrating the benefits of healthier, more supportive and inclusive working environments.

And it’s a much-needed effort. New research from the second Looking Glass Survey – which captured the lived experience of thousands within the industry – indicates that almost four out of five workers in film and TV believe intensity of work is having a negative impact on their mental health

The campaign has the support of the organizations that make up The Film and TV Charity’s mental health task force, as well as other leading bodies and organizations from across the industry.

In 2020, results from the initial Looking Glass Survey showed as many as nine in 10 people working behind the scenes in film and TV had experienced a mental health problem – well above the UK average – with evidence showing that working conditions, industry culture and lack of accessible support create conditions, which mean mental health and well-being suffer.

The charity’s new campaign will begin with awareness, then move into tools and initiatives designed to improve the support available. It will run through to September 2022.

“People in the film & TV industry are passionate about their craft,” noted Alex Pumfrey (pictured), CEO of The Film & TV Charity. “But their mental health is too often being strained to breaking point. Unhealthy working hours, bad practices, bullying, racism, harassment and ableism are too common in an industry we all love, and all of us have a role to play in speaking up to create change. It’s time to come together and reset by putting our mental health centre-stage and committing to changing a culture that impacts us all.”

Businesses can find out how to support the Let’s Reset campaign by visiting www.filmandtvcharity.org.uk/letsreset. Individuals can also access all of the charity’s support services, including new resources designed specifically for freelancers.

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