Statistics about mental health in the film industry

Key findings

  •  9 in 10 people working in the industry experienced mental health issues.
  • Employees in the industry are twice as likely to be anxious compared to employees in different sectors.
  • When compared to the national average, three times as many people who work in the film industry reported self-harm.
  • The data about suicide are particularly alarming: more than half of workers have considered suicide (compared to one-fifth generally) and one in ten have attempted suicide.
  • In the film industry, one out of every eight employees works more than 60 hours per week, compared to one out of every 50 in other industries. This is exacerbated by a lack of control over their working hours, which was cited by more than half of respondents (57%) as having a negative influence on their wellbeing.
  • More than two-thirds (78%) find it difficult to maintain a balance between work and personal commitments (compared to 27 per cent in other industries).
  • Over eight out of ten (84%) people in the film, television, and movie industries have been bullied or harassed at work.
  • Only 7% of freelancers would approach a manager with a mental health concern, whereas only 2% of employees would.
  • Only 28% of people claimed to talk about their mental health improved their condition; over half (54%) said it had no effect, and 5% said it had made things worse.
  • Only 16 per cent thought they had enough help while working on painful stories, and only 14 per cent thought they had enough help when working with vulnerable contributors.

You can download the full report here.