Mental health awareness in the film industry

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I am looking to use this online petition to gather a growing list of names of those who work in the film industry,  from all departments and of all levels.  As well as those living and working with ill mental health and too need change to happen now! 

My ambition is to help bring about mental health awareness in film. With the experience of working directly in film for the past 15 years, understanding the pressures and demands, alongside my own treatments within various therapies, I would like to comfort and guide others in need of help.  I have participated in counselling, from talking one on one, to group sessions in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, where I was introduced to learning mindfulness, meditation and behavioural coping skills.  

I have set up a GoFundMe page where I am able to share this goal, and raise funds to further my ambition to gain the relevant qualifications needed to be able to assist in supporting those needing to talk, in confidence, to express themselves, to be present, and to be a positive step for those looking for support whilst working in film. Supporting all crew with balancing good mental health is key for, not only the individual,  but for the entire production. To have an office space or a trailer within a studio that I could set up, so those in production offices can visit, along with the shooting crew, offering a space where crew can step away from set and lower their anxiety; calm themselves, offload, and ask for help is my ambition.  I would like to be a part of their journey in advising individuals and understand what guidance and direction I could assist with.

I am researching courses I could embark on and memberships to therapy associations as a first step. I can give guided mindfulness and mediation sessions, having taken part in this in my own therapy. I want to learn more and take short courses in counselling. I'd like to be hired on Productions as the go to person,  with 15 years experience of what life in the industry is like, and help support the mental health of every single crew member who finds themselves in my company. 

Thank you for reading and please do forward this petition on to everyone you know. This affects us all. 

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