MISSION & HISTORY.
Calltime Mental Health is an initiative created by British Columbia's motion picture industry unions, driven by our vision statement:
We envision a future where motion picture industry workers come together as a community of care to help those with mental illness and substance abuse issues; a culture where everyone feels safe at work; and supported and empowered to ask for and offer help; where union staff and department managers and supervisors have access to training and resources to adequately address issues as they arise; and where impairment at work is seen as an occupational health and safety issue and is neither accepted nor condoned.
About 1 in 4 adults in the U.S. and Canada has symptoms of a mental health disorder, a substance-abuse disorder, or both. Sadly, most do not get proper care for the problem, often due to fears of social stigma, an inability to recognize their need for help, or lack of information & access to resources. This is no different within the BC Film sector.
The Calltime Mental Health campaign has been developed to support BC motion picture workers and their families, reduce the stigma related to mental health and substance use concerns, and to ensure that BC motion picture workers are aware of the services and benefits available to them through their Union Health Benefit Plans and broader resources that are available to the public.
Calltime Mental Health Society has been created by a committee composed of representatives of each of the six BC Film Sector Unions - IATSE 891, ICG 669, Teamsters 155, UBCP/ACTRA, ACFC West. Local 2020 Unifor, and DGC BC and their associated Health Benefit plans.. The 6 BC film union locals have generously provided initial funding for this initiative.
The Calltime Mental Health campaign was developed with the expertise and support of FSEAP a leading Canadian provider of Employee/Member and Family Assistance Programs.