BCMA Supports: Charity Launches Largest Ever TV/Film Mental Health Study

BCMA Supports: Charity Launches Largest Ever TV/Film Mental Health Study

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We are supporting Through the Looking Glass, the largest ever mental health and wellbeing study launched by the UK’s Film and Television Charity 

  • The Film & Television Charity launches the UK’s first ever industry-wide study to get a snapshot of the wellbeing of those working in the industry and how people could be better supported
  • The first phase of the study will include an evidence gathering online survey for all those working in the sector. The Charity is calling on all industry professionals to add their voice and share their experiences by completing the survey, in a bid to piece together a true reflection of the industry’s mental health
  • The first of its kind, ‘The Looking Glass’ – will be a ground-breaking study revealed this autumn, offering in-depth analysis of the mental health and wellbeing of the UK’s film, TV and cinema workforce, and will act as a catalyst for a new industry-led programme of practical and scalable interventions to better support those working in the sector

As calls for heightened duty of care for contributors on reality TV programmes continue to grow, the industry’s less visible workforce – the many thousands of women and men working behind the cameras across both the TV and film industries1– could be facing their own unspoken crisis.

Insights gathered from over 2,000 calls to the Film & Television Charity’s recently launched industry Support Line – providing 24/7 advice and support on issues such as debt, depression and harassment – has prompted the organisation to take action and lift the lid on the scale of mental health issues in the sector and coordinate an industry-wide response.

The anonymous survey will run until July, after which the outcome, along with in-depth quantitative and qualitative research set to be conducted over the summer by The Work Foundation2, will be revealed to industry this coming autumn.

The first of its kind, the ground-breaking industry study ‘The Looking Glass’will provide the largest and most focused review of mental health and wellbeing in the sector, offering analysis on: how the prevalence of mental health problems within TV and film compares with the general population, as well as workforces across other UK industries; how the specific characteristics of the industry could be adversely affecting workers’ wellbeing; the perceived barriers to effectively managing the mental health and wellbeing of those working in the industry; as well as how people can be best supported.

Despite being a much-loved and desirable career by those working in the industry, the largely freelance working culture – often synonymous with a lack of job security and difficulty accessing statutory benefits such as sick pay and pensions – may take its toll on people’s mental health and overall wellbeing.

To coincide with the launch of the new study, the charity has assembled an Industry Taskforce and an Employer Forum to develop an understanding of shared challenges throughout the industry and help steer and challenge the work.

The Taskforce consists of a range of industry figureheads including the BFI’s CEO Amanda Nevill, VUE International’s Chief Executive Tim Richards and David Sproxton OBE, co-founder of Aardman Animations.

Those working in the film, TV and cinema industry are being encouraged to have their say by completing the online survey, here:


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