Workplace Options offers specialist wellbeing programs for the arts and entertainment industry

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Specialized programs provide on-set and post-production care for cast and crew

RALEIGH, N.C., Sept. 01, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Workplace Options (WPO), a leading provider of global wellness solutions, announced plans to implement comprehensive emotional, practical and physical wellness support for people in the arts and the entertainment industry.

Media and production houses in this industry have access to customized programs that will foster a working environment where actors and crew are psychologically healthy and can perform at their best. Because the field relies heavily on a wide range of specialized freelance workers and contractors, many of these workers do not have employee support programs or insurance to cover vital mental health services.

In a 2019 study (Behind the Scenes Foundation) examining the mental health of American film and television employees, nine out of ten respondents revealed that they experienced anxiety. In addition, eight out of ten workers in the industry report symptoms of depression. More than four in ten employees have had suicidal thoughts; this statistic is four times the rate for the adult population as a whole (10 percent).

People across industries endure work-life balance stress, and a recent survey found that 78 percent of arts and entertainment workers struggle with burnout due to deadline-driven projects and tight deadlines. Working hours are often long and irregular, work is transient, and many jobs require significant periods of time away from home. These conditions can negatively affect relationships and create challenges for actors and crew working on media productions.

“Organizations are on the front lines of training, encouraging and empowering their staff to participate in supporting well-being,” said Alan King, president and CEO of Workplace Options. “We are committed to helping people in the arts and entertainment industry through unique and carefully crafted services that provide immediate care. WPO understands the specialized needs of this exciting yet demanding industry. We can provide customized solutions that address emotional, practical and physical issues so that the cast and crew can achieve success in their professional and personal lives.”

WPO programs create an environment for organizations to present a safe space where their members understand that discussing and seeking treatment will never be judged. According to the 2019 survey, 42 percent of American film and television workers who have experienced a mental health problem have hidden their problems for fear of being fired or excluded from future job opportunities. Only seven percent of survey participants said they would turn to their managers for support if they experienced a mental illness.

Resources

Video – Psychosocial risk factors and safety tips for production managers

White Paper – Mental health concerns among workers in the arts and entertainment industry

Founded in 1982, Workplace Options is the largest independent provider of holistic wellness solutions. Through customized programs and a comprehensive global network of accredited providers and professionals, WPO supports people to become healthier, happier and more productive both personally and professionally. Trusted by 51 percent of Fortune 500 companies, WPO delivers high-quality care digitally and in person to more than 75 million people in 116,000 organizations in more than 200 countries and territories.

CONTACT: Contact: Jennifer Dart, Senior Manager, Corporate Communications   [email protected]

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