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3,300 Entertainment Technology Professionals Respond to Behind the Scenes' Mental Health Survey

Behind the Scenes, the charity that supplies emergency financial assistance to entertainment technology professionals in need due to illness or injury, announces that 3,300 people completed its “Survey to Assist in the Development of a Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Initiative in the Entertainment Industry.”

"We are humbled by the amazing number of people who shared their stories with us about personal challenges and struggles or those of friends and family," the organization said in a statement. "The information provided is invaluable as we begin the development of this initiative. Because so many people responded with such a wealth of information, it is going to take us a little longer than expected to work our way through the responses. We want to be sure we understand the issues industry members face and the obstacles that might prevent them or those they care about from seeking and utilizing mental health resources."

Behind the Scenes says that an initial look at the survey results confirmed what many already knew – that the long hours, pressures of deadlines, lack of resources, and uncertainty of employment have taken a very hard toll on the industry. These affect not only mental health, but physical health as well, and impact relationships with family and friends. Unsurprisingly, according to the organization, over 90% of respondents have experienced anxiety while over 80% have suffered from depression.

"What is also apparent from the responses, and very encouraging, is that many individuals want to step up and help colleagues they feel are struggling but simply don’t know how and are very concerned about making things worse. Our goal is to provide information and resources that will give industry members the confidence to act," Behind the Scenes adds.

Those who did not participate in the survey but would like to be kept informed of the initiative’s progress or participate in future surveys can email mh@btshelp.org.

For more information, go to wp.behindthescenescharity.org.

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Michael Raine is the Senior Editor at Professional Lighting & Production. He is also a co-host of the popular Canadian Musician Radio weekly podcast.