Mental Health First Aid is a skills-based training course that teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem, or experiencing a crisis, and help connect them to the appropriate care.
It is important to acknowledge the mental and physical stressors and challenges faced by all of us in the entertainment industry and offer your team tools to help them better manage and respond to these challenges. We know that the last months in particular have been very stressful and returning to work is bringing a new set of concerns for everyone. We suggest topics and provide sample language that you can tailor to fit your needs. We also offer brief 90 second to 2 minute pre-written talks.
Sadly, bullying, harassment, and intimidation occur in the workplace on a regular basis. Join BTS in the campaign to Stop Bullying, Harassment and Intimidation. Together we can help stop this kind of behavior in the workplace. Together, we can improve both psychological and physical safety, and encourage a more respectful and supportive workplace.
It can be hard to talk with family and friends about how you’re feeling, especially now when you want to be strong for others because that’s what you do – you’re used to taking care of things. Sometimes it’s easier to talk to people who don’t know you, but who can relate because they’re in this industry too. Maybe you’re doing pretty well but you’d be willing to help someone else just by listening and offering a few words of experience. That’s why Behind the Scenes has partnered with iRel8 to launch Be Scene – Be Heard. A platform to interact with your peers, talk about what’s on your mind, find comfort and knowledge from one another, and, perhaps, offer insight to someone who is going through something you already have. Chats are instantly translatable into 54 languages. Be Scene – Be Heard is available Wherever you are, Whenever you need it, for Whatever is on your mind.
Find a therapist who understands what you do! We have partnered with HelpPRO to create an online therapist finder specifically for our industry. Only therapists who have previously seen professionals in the entertainment industry as clients, or who have personal professional experience in the industry themselves are included. Search for a therapist using a simple search form which includes location, insurance accepted, what areas the therapist specializes in, and therapist availability such as whether they see clients remotely or on nights and weekends. An advanced search is available which also includes such criteria as theoretical approaches, credentials held by the therapist, specific populations they have experience with, and languages spoken.
We have partnered with HelpPRO to create an online therapist finder specifically for the entertainment industry. Only therapists who have previously seen professionals in the entertainment industry as clients, or who have personal professional experience in the industry themselves will be included in this finder. The finder is now accepting therapist listings. If you know of a therapist with the required experience, please tell them about the finder and ask them to register at btshelp.org/therapist_registration.
These free screenings are completely anonymous, private, easily accessible, and quick to complete. They are a tool to check in on a key part of your overall health – your behavioral health – which includes mental health, substance use, and more. They will help you understand if what you have been thinking and feeling may be associated with a common, treatable behavioral health issue. Immediately following each screening you will see your results, recommendations, and key resources. Take a confidential screening today at www.btshelp.org/screening, or tell a friend or colleague who also might benefit.
Hosted by Misty Roberts and Jim Digby and guided by mental health professionals, this live webinar series provides an opportunity to gain greater insight and control over how individuals can respond to these times and manifest the resilience to survive and start again when that time comes. The series is designed to provide a very personal look at human nature and the adaptability that’s required to get through this unprecedented time in our industry. Registration is now open for the live webinars which are every Friday at 2:00pm EDT through May 8th.
New York State Launches COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the creation of a free mental health hotline for New Yorkers. The Emotional Support Line provides free and confidential support, helping callers experiencing increased anxiety due to the coronavirus emergency. It will be staffed by 6,000 volunteers, including mental health professionals, who have received training in crisis counseling. For free emotional support, consultation and referral to a provider, call 1-844-863-9314.