Pineapple Support, the adult industry’s leading mental health nonprofit, expands its corporate training initiative with a drop-in support group dedicated to back-end and support staff that work alongside adult performers and creators. The monthly support group will be led by licensed therapists Steven Mollura and Diane Obeid and will start on Thursday, June 2nd at 12pm EST.
“This group will provide a regular opportunity to meet as a group and discuss mental health in a safe space,” says Pineapple Support therapist Stephen Mollura. “This is a drop-in group, so there’s no pressure to stay for a certain number of sessions, and the group members may change from week to week. It will be an opportunity to talk about any concerns you might have or challenges you may be facing.”
The support group will take place once a month and will be available exclusively to online adult industry corporate professionals, including model support, content reviewers, tech team members and other employees of companies that sponsor Pineapple Support.
“The adult industry needs to come together as one team to provide comprehensive support for performers,” says Leya Tanit, founder and CEO of Pineapple Support.
“It’s critical that we are able to spot the signs of someone that may be struggling, as well as knowing how to navigate conversations around mental health. But it’s equally important to recognize that support staff experience their own challenges, and need support as well.”
Tanit founded Pineapple Support in 2018, after a string of losses in the adult industry from depression and other mental illnesses. The organization, which is a qualified 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization in the United States, has so far connected over 5000 adult performers to mental health services, including free and low-cost, therapy, counselling and emotional support.
“There’s a real need for increased support for those that work on the other side of the screen,” says Tanit. “While the mental health challenges faced by content reviewers are sometimes acknowledged, many who work behind the scenes in the sex industry face challenges of their own, including some of the same stigma and discrimination as performers. I’m glad we’re reaching this underserved group.”
If you have a business and would like to find out how to become an official sponsor of Pineapple Support, view the available packages by visiting pineapplesupport.org/sponsorship.