Alex Pumfrey

Nine in ten suffer mental health problems in film and TV, says study

A major study of the mental health of people working in the UK’s film and TV industries has revealed that over half of workers have considered taking their own life, and that people are twice as likely to experience anxiety compared with the national average. Nearly nine people in 10 working in the UK’s film, […]

The Film and TV Charity redevelops Soho HQ, joined by NFTS, BIFA

The UK’s Film and TV Charity is redeveloping its Soho headquarters into an accessible hub for the local film and TV industries. Under the restructure, the National Film and Television School (NFTS) and the British Independent Film Awards (BIFA) will also join the charity, taking space in the building. The move marks the first permanent […]

Breaking the taboo: How do we navigate mental health in TV?

Mental ill-health in the TV sector is an unspoken reality for many working in the field. Finally, these issues are in the spotlight. The UK’s Film and TV Charity recently launched the industry-wide Looking Glass survey to get a snapshot of the well-being of TV workers. Ahead of findings being released next year, TBI can […]

Film & Television Charity launches industry mental health study

The Film & Television Charity has launched the UK’s first ever industry-wide study of mental health and wellbeing. The move comes amid heightened industry focus on mental health, following the death of a number of participants in reality TV series, and a growing awareness that women and men working behind the cameras could also be […]

It’s time to stop ignoring mental illness in TV

Alex Pumfrey, CEO of the Film & Television Charity talks about mental health concerns in the TV industry, and why the organisation is launching its industry-wide survey.  People love working in television and film – it’s a joy and a privilege. But it can also be tough. The outpouring of revelations about sexual harassment and […]

Pumfrey: Mental health in TV “ignored for far too long”

Industry execs have called for a closer examination of mental health across the television industry, beginning with stronger leadership from top businesses. Alex Pumfrey, CEO of the UK’s Film and TV Charity, has said that mental health “has been ignored in the industry for far too long” and that swift action needs to be taken. […]