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Managing mental health and wellbeing as an indie boss

It’s unsurprising that many people have reported struggling with mental health issues since the spread of coronavirus has led to significant changes to life as we know it.

A recent Mind poll of over 15,000 adults across England and Wales found that 59% of respondents said their mental health had got worse during the lockdown.*

Even before the crisis, the mental health and wellbeing of crew and contributors in the film and television industry had become a talking point, and the Film and TV charity had launched their Whole Picture Programme to try to begin addressing the situation.

New ways of living and working, including remote working becoming more prevalent than it was prior to the pandemic, require new ways of thinking about how we support ourselves and our teams going forward, and Pact is here to help our members with that process.

Register for our upcoming webinar

On the morning of Wednesday 5th August we will be hosting Managing Mental Health For TV Teams, a 90-minute Pact LIVE event which will explore HR strategies for managing mental health; remote working guidelines for employers; and how to build mental fitness for your teams.

The session will be presented by Stuart McNicholas, an HR consultant and mental health first aid trainer and Jude Spencer, a mental health first aid trainer and recovery hub coordinator for Mind.

It’s completely free for Pact members and you can register here.

Information, resources and support

In the COVID-19 section on the Pact website we have a page dedicated to mental health and wellbeing which includes a range of links to useful information and resources, whether you are looking for help for yourself or so that you can support someone else.

The page includes links to the Film and TV Charity’s online mental health platform; the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)’s Mental Health and Returning to the Workplace Guide; and advice published by the British Psychological Society, amongst other things. Take a look here.

For more COVID-19 information and resources for indies, visit the COVID-19 section of the Pact website.

If you have any enquiries about mental health and wellbeing, please contact our Head of Inclusion and Diversity, Anjani Patel.


*Figures reported by The Guardian. Many of the respondents to the Mind poll identified as having a mental health problem.