Film & TV charity produces study on post-pandemic mental health in industry

The UK’s Film & TV Charity has released a new study on mental health in the film and TV industry to compare with its 2019 Looking Glass research.

The research raised a lot of concern as they found that 90% of nearly 5,000 respondents had experienced a mental health issue. This has significantly replaced the 65% average in other UK industries.

In February, the results of the 2021 report were published by more than 3,000 people, of whom 20 in-depth individual interviews were conducted.

While there have been positive results as “measures of well-being and mental health have remained reasonably stable”, the recent and sustained growth in filming productions has understandably resulted in longer hours coupled with the intensity of the work. 78% of respondents said the increase in work had a negative effect on their mental health. The 2019 report counted less at 63%.

Overall, mental health and wellbeing remained essentially the same, with a score of 19.3 juxtaposed with 19.4 in the last survey.

life coaching

A life coach believes coaching has become a pandemic necessity and should remain so after restrictions end. Adam Jablin, who runs The Hero Project coaching program, points out that recovery isn’t just important when it comes to bigger issues, but day-to-day as well.

“A lot of people never shut down from their day, they never recover, it just goes from day to day without a reset. We often develop very unhealthy habits at work and in life, and the pandemic greatly exacerbated that,” Jablin said.

“Coaching to develop healthy lifestyle mechanisms has never been more important in modern history for people than it is today. The film and television industry is a great example of this, as it always had an industry association and long cast/crew hours and sometimes negative environments.

The growing life coaching paradigm as an industry has grown during the pandemic years, as Acuity’s 2020 survey found that 52% of coaching professionals reported an increase in income.

However, this has been accompanied by a shift to virtual methods, with demand for online coaching services expected to increase in coming years due to a changing zeitgeist through the pandemic, according to the report. ‘investigation.

In addition, the return on investment (ROI) of coaching reached 600% last year for companies, and nearly 77% of executives and managers assured that business coaching had a significant impact on at least one measure. out of nine.

Jablin, who emphasizes one-on-one support and regular coaching, added, “Adopting technology resources has allowed me to reach people I never could have reached before.”

The film and TV charity’s 2021 survey also highlighted some troubling trends, including that just 10% of respondents believed the industry was a mentally healthy place to work, 51% said workplace culture and values ​​affect their mental health, up from 29% in 2019, and bullying, harassment and discrimination are commonplace with 57% of respondents targeted in at least one of these areas, specifically racially at 39% (four in ten) saying they had been the victim of discriminatory behaviour.

Participants in the report made it clear that the need for broadcasters to improve production practices, while making confidential services available from professional bodies such as coaches and therapists, was paramount, along with increased support unions.

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