UK industry bodies have teamed up to launch a support line for film and TV professionals following the wave of international harassment and bullying scandals. The Film & Television Charity is behind the Film & TV Support Line, which will provide confidential and independent support 24/7 and will be free at the point of contact.
The service is backed by the BFI and partners include The Production Guild, Women in Film and TV, Film Distributors’ Association, Pact and UK Cinema Association. A support line was highlighted by industry to the BFI and BAFTA when they were working on their Set of Principles and Guidance which was launched in February as a resource for people dealing with bullying and harassment in the workplace.
The line, which will also be open for anyone suffering from depression, financial or legal problems, addiction, stress or bereavement, will be run by professionally trained staff and is delivered by Connect Assist, a social business with experience of providing helplines to charity, third sector and public sector organizations.
Said Alex Pumfrey, CEO of the Film and Television Charity, “Ours is a wonderful, world-beating industry where people love their work and show tremendous commitment and dedication. But we also know that it can be tough and lonely, with often a strong sense that you are on your own, particularly for the two-thirds of our industry who are freelance. We’re launching the brand new Film and TV Support Line today to provide support for a wide range of needs including stress, anxiety, health, mental health, and financial and legal concerns. We hope anyone from any area or role, with issues big or small, will get in touch.”
The Film & TV Support Line’s telephone number is 0800 054 00 00 and it goes live today.