TES Lisbon included this year a presentation on the critical issue of performer mental health by adult industry nonprofit Pineapple Support – the adult industry support network, providing mental health care and advice to performers across the globe. The non-profit organization is providing access to free and low-cost psychotherapy, counseling and emotional support to anyone in need.
This year, Pineapple Support has provided therapy and counseling services at industry trade and award shows, they organized holiday performer gatherings, advocated for performers in the press, and worked to raise money for additional services. Above the direct therapy, they already have over 60 volunteer active listeners, and online chat available 24/7 for those who may be struggling with depression, anxiety, addiction or other issues.
Many major industry companies, including xHamster, Clips4Sale, MindGeek, and Kink.com have supported Pineapple Support with money and services, for this cause.
“I can’t thank @TheEuroSummit enough for the engaged, enthusiastic support they gave to the organization,” said Leya Tanit, the Pineapple Support Founder, on Twitter. “In addition to the session, we were a constant presence at the conference, with sponsored events. TES made sure PS was seen by everyone.”
Tanit, who is also a performer, used the opportunity of her presence at TES Lisbon to present her findings from of a recent, anonymous survey of adult performers on issues of mental health. In a special TES session, organized to raise awareness for the organization’s growing list of free and low-cost services, Leya Tanit spoke with industry leaders, explaining the mission of the organization, and how industry support has allowed her to connect over one hundred performers to mental health services and care.
The campaign was launched in 2018, in response to a string of performer deaths last winter related to depression and addiction.