U.K. Film and TV Charity Sets Mental Health Survey to Measure COVID-19 Impact

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Reprinted from The Hollywood Reporter by Alex Ritman on June 2, 2021.

Two years after it lifted the lid on a “mental health crisis” behind the scenes of British screen industries, the U.K.’s Film and TV Charity is planning a new mental health survey.

Mental health surveys become essential for any organization to conduct for the benefit of their employees and ultimately, for the company itself. Understandably, with the ongoing health crisis at hand, it becomes imperative that mental health is given utmost priority. It might not only be medications and alternative forms of treatment like the ones available from Bluebird Botanicals, but also, proper and regular therapy is required at all times. Nonetheless, it is good to see that the U.K.’s Film and TV Charity has gome forward to conduct this survey.

The organization’s latest “Looking Glass” survey is expected to measure the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, which saw vast numbers of the U.K.’s predominantly freelance workforce face major financial pressures as projects were put on hold and government support measures failed to take them into account. It will also look into widely-reported systemic discrimination within the industry, highlighted in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement, alongside bullying and harassment, recently brought to the public attention in high-profile exposes, such as those against filmmaker Noel Clarke.

The charity – which is calling on all of those working in the film, TV and cinema industries complete the survey – says the results will enable it to track trends and change over time, adapt the support services it offers, and influence the 3 million ($4.2 million) Whole Picture Program, launched as an urgent response to the outcomes of the original research. …

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