The UK’s Film and TV Charity has called on everyone working in film, TV, and cinema to support better mental health in the industry by completing its 2022 Looking Glass Survey and by donating to support the charity’s services.

The Charity’s first Looking Glass report in 2019 unveiled shocking statistics about the mental health of many working in the industry.

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Film and TV Charity: calling to support better mental health

Nine in 10 respondents to the survey said that they had experienced a mental health problem.

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, reported that just 1 in 10 people agree that the industry was a mentally healthy place to work.

However, there were also signs of a tide turning, with respondents recognising that conversations around mental health, culture, and working conditions were starting to take root.

The Charity is asking everyone working behind the scenes, from commissioners to camera operators, directors to cinema projectionists, and in every corner of the UK, to complete the survey and share it with their colleagues.

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.

“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.”

In March, the charity unveiled its free mental health resource The Whole Picture toolkit. It has also previously launched the Let’s Reset service and a Freelancer Wellbeing Hub.

The survey can be completed here. Donations can be made here.