Join Behind the Scenes and LDI for the first-ever Mental Health Action Day on May 20th to learn about the tools and resources developed specifically for entertainment industry workers so you can take mental health action for yourself, a loved one, or a colleague. The session will provide an overview of the tools and resources for mental and emotional well-being developed by the BTS Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Initiative. These include the Entertainment Industry Therapist Finder, Be Scene-Be Heard peer-to-peer chat app, anonymous online self-assessments, easy to navigate resources, information and tools to help fight bullying and harassment, sample language on mental health and respectful workplaces for toolbox talks, virtual Mental Health First Aid Training, and information on the warning signs of suicide and the steps you can take to help keep someone safe. Trauma therapist Taryn Longo will explain how trauma affects the nervous system and provide concrete tools for self-regulation which are especially helpful during the uncertainties of the pandemic and in dealing with the anxieties faced by those returning to workplaces that look and feel very different than the ones they left.

Featured Speakers

Lori Rubinstein

Executive Director
Behind The Scenes

Lori Rubinstein is the Executive Director of the Behind the Scenes Foundation, a 501(c)3 charity which she has been with since its founding in 2005. Lori has been in the entertainment industry for over 40 years. She was the Executive Director of the Entertainment Services and Technology Association, an industry trade association, for almost 30 years until her retirement in 2018. During her tenure she oversaw the creation and development of the ANSI-accredited Technical Standards Program and the Entertainment Technician Certification Program among other initiatives. Her experience in the industry also includes working as a lighting designer and stage manager and for industry businesses including a theatrical lighting supply company, a theatre consultancy firm, and a manufacturer of entertainment products.

Taryn Longo

The Mastery Studio

Taryn Longo is the founder of The Mastery Studio and a somatic trauma therapist, a body-based approach focusing primarily on the way trauma is held in the nervous system. She has an additional background in depth psychology and a specialized certification in Jungian-based trauma studies, with a focus on trauma and dissociation. Of her clientele, her primary base is those behind the scenes in the entertainment industry. Approximately 80% of those clients are in the music industry, with the remaining percentage in TV and film and large-scale events production. While clients come to work on a wide range of goals, Taryn has a specialty in working with domestic abuse, sexual trauma, narcissistic and psychological abuse, anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts. Taryn is a member of the Behind the Scenes Steering Committee for its Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Initiative, working to bring mental health awareness and psychological safety backstage to the entertainment industry. She was a regular panelist on the Show Maker Symposium “I’m With the Crew” mental health webinar series. Through her work with Behind the Scenes, Taryn presents regularly throughout the industry on the importance of understanding the role of trauma in suicide prevention.

Date:  Thursday, May 20, 2021
Time:  11am ET / 8am PT
Duration:  90 Minutes

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