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Are you struggling with mental health or addiction issues? Do you know or work with someone who might be? Your unions are here to help you find the help you need, or help you help someone else.

  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.

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.

The Calltime: Mental Health campaign has been created by a committee composed of representatives of each of the five BC Film Sector Unions - IATSE 891, ICG 669, Teamsters 155, UBCP/ACTRA and DGC BC and their associated Health Benefit plans - with administration and financial management coordinated by the British Columbia Council of Film Unions. Initial funding for this initiative has been generously provided by the five BC film union locals. 


THE CAMPAIGN WORKING GROUP'S GOALS

Phase 1 (April 2018)

1. Develop and launch a mental health & addiction awareness and education campaign directed at, and designed specifically for, motion picture sector workers to: 

  • Reduce the stigma related to mental health and substance use concerns

  • Increase worker, family, and colleague awareness of the services and benefits available to them

  • Provide links to self-help and self-awareness tools and resources

  • Feature information and resources related to key issues of concern to BC Film Workers, beginning with a focus on addiction.

2. This campaign to be supported by a campaign website that provides resources, tools, links and phone numbers for mental health and addiction help (both public self-help resources, and union Health Benefits available to eligible members and their families) – targeting those who need help and those looking to give help.

3. The campaign and website will be promoted through a PSA made by and for BC motion picture workers, posters, business cards, and other promotional items, and through social media and direct emails from each union to their members, motion picture workers generally, as well as union representative visits to workplaces, and industry-related service organizations.

Future Phases:

4. Continue to update and add information, resources and featured topics to the campaign and website.

5. Develop a network of manager, union staff/steward, and peers trained in Mental Health first Aid or similar frameworks of awareness and support.

6. Develop a toolkit of best practices and resources for employers, supervisors and workers to support mental health in the workplace.

7. Evaluate and review programs and resources developed, and make adjustments and develop new program components.


 

The Calltime: Mental Health campaign was developed with the support of our union EAP and MAP providers,

FSEAP and Shepell.