Happy Media, Happy Mind

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From offscreen strategies to commissions and content: creating mentally healthy media in 2021.

Child mental health has always been important – but today it is a more pressing issue than ever before. The pandemic has created new challenges and highlighted others, and media is often seen as a problem rather than a solution. But how can media professionals play a positive role and become a leading light for the future? What creative ideas are already being implemented to tackle this escalating crisis?

This session will showcase the most forward-thinking kids’ content from around the world that has wellbeing at its heart. A panel of industry experts, mental health advocates and lived experience representatives share their thoughts and best practices, alongside research from the U.K.’s leading mental health charity, The McPin Foundation. Additional contributions from top global broadcasters ensure real take-home tools for media makers to support our younger generation’s mental wellbeing.

This session discusses topics which some viewers may find sensitive. If you’d like to speak to someone, please find below a few helpline links from different territories.

 

United Kingdom
The Film and TV Charity: 0800 054 0000
24/7 helpline, for free and confidential advice, whoever you are and no matter what’s on your mind. 
Please also fill out the Film and TV Charity Looking Glass Survey, which asks about the mental health of those in the film and television industry: bit.ly/3fUjTpo
Samaritans: 116 123

Open 24/7 and available to speak immediately.

 

Canada
Crisis Services Canada: Phone 1.833.456.4566 / Text 45645
24/7 national network of distress, crisis and suicide prevention line services. This service is available across Canada via toll-free phone, or text in English. Our toll-free phone service is also available in French. 

United States 
National Suicide Prevention Helpline: 800-273-8255
Provides confidential support 24/7.
Women in Film Helpline: 855-943-5463
Refers callers to its Safe Space support groups in L.A., NYC and Atlanta, and to low-fee therapists.