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The Film and TV charity has pioneered a sweeping campaign aimed at broadcasters and major production companies to combat the mental health issues statistically proven to be plaguing the industry.
The scheme titled, Let’s Reset, will require all entities involved to publicly submit plans of action to make sure their workplace environments hold mental health at their forefront.
Furthermore, there will be widespread education on several aspects of improving environments for mental health including keeping an inclusive environment, best practices and their importance, misconceptions, professional conduct and conversations, plus demonstrating why a healthy environment is such a key factor to running a successful company or team.
The initiative was backed by data from the Looking Glass survey taken by the charity which identified that 9 in 10 people working behind the camera had suffered a mental health problem through work. Workplace conditions and culture was the primary reason for a majority of the respondents’ troubles.
The campaign launches during mental health awareness week and is supported by entities linked to the charity including the BBC, NBCUniversal, Amazon Prime Video, WarnerMedia, ViacomCBS, IMG and Sony Pictures.
Alex Pumfrey, CEO of the Film and TV Charity said on the campaign and current situation, “People in the film and TV industry are passionate about their craft, 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.”
The news of the movement comes amidst the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) who …….