Prioritizing Mental Health in the Film and TV Industry

By Barrow Group Staff / May 23, 2023



Workers in the Film and Entertainment Industries May be Disproportionately Affected by Mental Health Issues


Mental health is a growing concern in the workplace. Over the past few years, many employees have experienced mental health issues, such as burnout, depression, anxiety, and substance abuse. Mental illness may not be as readily apparent as physical ailments making it even more elusive and dangerous.


The film and entertainment industries are known for tight deadlines and a fast pace. The pressure workers’ experience can take a toll on their happiness and wellbeing. In addition, many jobs in film & tv are project-based. Workers who are constantly chasing their next position are under more pressure than people employed in other, more stable, industries.


Long hours, tight deadlines, and constant criticism can leave creative types feeling stressed, anxious, and overwhelmed. Moreover, workers in the industry face job insecurity and financial instability, which can exacerbate existing mental health issues or lead to new ones.


Organizations in traditional industries are responding to growing cases of depression and anxiety by increasing benefits, adding wellness programs, offering flexible schedules, and providing better mental health education and treatments. However, many jobs in film & tv are project based. Working for one employer who offers long-term benefits is less common.


It is, therefore, important for those employed in film and entertainment to prioritize their own mental health and well-being. Things like taking breaks when needed, seeking support from colleagues and mental health professionals, engaging in support groups and self-care activities, can help reduce feelings of stress and sadness. Eating right, routine exercise, practicing mindfulness, and spending time with understanding loved ones can improve one’s outlook and wellbeing. By taking care of their own mental health, workers in the industry can not only improve their own happiness and wellbeing, but also create a healthier and more supportive work environment for their colleagues.


May is National Mental Health Awareness Month, which aims to raise awareness and reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issues. This year, the theme for Mental Health Awareness Month is "Tools 2 Thrive," which emphasizes the importance of equipping individuals with the tools they need to prioritize their mental health and well-being. Learn more about mental illness and access fact sheets and free resources at the National Alliance of Mental Illness (


If you would like to explore options for providing health and wellness insurance for your staff, contact Charlie Stearns at Barrow Group at 800-874-4798, Ext. 101


If you need production insurance for an upcoming project, contact Natasha Bobbit at Barrow Group at 800-874-4798, Ext. 112.

Topics: Film, TV and Entertainment, Entertainment-Industry, Film and TV, Mental Health Benefits, Mental Illness, Mental Health Awareness, Creative Workers, Depression

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