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Film and TV Charity launches latest mental health survey

The biennial survey aims to understand what issues people working across the UK's media industry are dealing with

The UK’s Film and TV Charity is asking everyone working in both industries in the UK to take part in its latest Looking Glass survey.

The biennial survey aims to understand how people working across the UK’s media industry are feeling and what they are dealing with.

In the first Looking Glass Survey in 2019, 9 in 10 respondents stated that they had experienced a mental health problem. Following the 2019 survey, The Film and TV Charity bolstered the support it offered through its free, confidential, and completely independent 24/7 Film and TV Support Line with the launch of its Bullying Advice Service, a Freelancer Wellbeing Hub, and other practical tools and resources.

The 2021 iteration found that just 1 in 10 respondents said the media industry was a mentally healthy place to work.

The Film and TV Charity said the 2022 Looking Glass Survey will provide it with the impetus for further, sustainable change throughout the whole industry.

Alex Pumfrey, CEO at The Film and TV Charity, said “We hope that everyone, from every corner of the industry, will complete this third Looking Glass survey. The data it returns is crucial for helping us – and the wider industry – to understand how we need to improve ways of working and the support people need. Much progress has been made but we also know much more needs to be done. Also donating to support us in delivering those services is an act of community and generosity which we know all our beneficiaries are incredibly grateful for.

“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.”

The 2022 Looking Glass survey is available to complete here.