Recognising the adverse effect Covid-19 can have on artists and filmmakers, the UK Asian Film Festival have started an initiative called ‘Talking Therapy,’ where therapists will provide an over the phone support service. The service aims to provide emotional support, signposting problems, advice and information with details of organisations and support available to individuals. Artists will be able to access a service that provides them with a safe place to talk in confidence where a therapist will listen attentively providing realistic options and help that is available to them.
UK Asian Film Festival marks Mental Health Awareness Week (18-24 May 2020) with the launch of ‘Talking Therapy.’
Led by the UK Asian Film Festival’s founding director Dr Pushpinder Chowdhry MBE who herself is a qualified psychotherapist, the support line will help UK based artists dealing with issues such as bereavement, depression, anxiety, stress, worry, feeling lonely and isolated, having relationship problems or suffering domestic abuse.
To access the therapy, artists can call 07930 491915 and leave a confidential message providing contact details and their preferred time of contact. A therapist will then call back within 24 hours.